Just Get’er Started…


Kids are funny, taking spells of shyness one time and unbridled unselfconsciousness and disinhibition the next. It’s hard to predict just what flips the switch.

The first thing that warmed Abby to the idea of being part of the Jamboree crowd a week ago tonight was “winning” the Country Store cap for being from the farthest away (South Dakota.)

But she would not dance–even though, at our son’s wedding exactly two years ago, we could not get her off the dance floor, and have the pictures to prove it.

Finally, she gave in, and sure enough, she turned herself loose to enjoy the infectious beat and collective motion of the dance.

More images (of the jamboree, the girls and last weekend) in this SmugMug gallery.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. know what you mean… i picked up my boys at pre-school this week and one was running around with a play bridal veil on his head. no inhibitions.

  2. I love, love, love the photo of Abbey, coatless and barefoot looking at the ice in the early morning. I can feel her wonder – she’s beautiful as is the new little one. Happy Holidays – your blog still fills me with joy, too!

  3. Isn’t the Smugmug journal format the greatest! We post photos for our family and friends as we travel the US for months at a time. I think they really can enjoy our travelogue in that format, with captions, black background and just the right size photos for going through quickly.