Celebrating Midsummer together has become our tradition. We don’t do it every year, but when we do it is always great and we leave with the feeling of wanting more, which is always the best way.
This year we all gathered in Pāvilosta. We arrived on Friday night and settled in for the weekend. Noa had fallen asleep in the car on the way, because the drive from Rīga is quite long and it was already late. In the morning when he woke up, he was in a shock, waking up in a different bed and in a new place. I think that is an early childhood phenomenon – falling asleep in one place and waking up in a completely different one.
On Saturday morning we all went to the sea, carrying our coffee mugs through the town. Chats, smiles, sun, running children… oh, I wish we could do this more often and walk through the streets of the small town not having to rush anywhere. When we came back, we all got ready quickly, because we were spending our afternoon in Lielie Jāņi. This event is worth going to. The girls gave an interview there on what it’s like being mothers of multiple children, seemingly being able to do everything and look beautiful and keep peace through all of that. I know these wonderful mums for many years now and even I was listening enthusiastically.
In the evening we all went to a play called “Trīnes grēki” and set up by Pāvilostas amateur theatre. This was a spontanious idea and it was so great and funny. The small and tasteful stage, benches, where all the places are filled with locals, being able to walk there an back and children, who ran all the way holding hands. It all had such a sence of charm, loveliness, sense of community and simplicity. Things that are sometimes missing in the continuous “run” of the city center.
After the show, Marta and I were taking photos of the the newTiny Bunny dresses. The dresses are absolutely beautiful, the evening sun was golden and the children were happy. It was difficult to stop taking photos, because it was all perfect, but we were runing out of time…
P.S. Just to let you know that the dresses are in a limited amount, so if you want to buy them, hurry up.
We spent the evening eating delicious food, chattering, laughing and simply being TOGETHER! What more could we possibly want?! When I was at school, I wrote a story about how Midsummer was my favorite holiday. And now it is definitely one of my favorites. Definitely not in its traditional form with pagan traditions or excessive drinking of alcohol, but with its light, sence of being a Latvian, feeling of community, summer celebration … I enjoy the fact that people celebrate and appreciate nature more at this festival. The beauty of the holiday is that we have the freedom to celebrate it as we wish and create the traditions we want and give them to ourchildren in the way we think is best.
Nākamajā dienā visi kopā uzvārījām lielo zupas katlu, ar riteni aizbraucām uz Topiņu pēc cukura, uzcepām saldo, visi kopā paēdām un jau neilgi pēc tam pa vienam devāmies mājās. Kā jau teicu, noteikti braucām prom ar mazuma piegaršu, bet tas man liekas pats labākais – braukt prom, kad gribas vēl…