So, I'm an idiot and left my laptop in Richmond and I lost my draft for this post sooo it's been a while. I am currently at Maria's parent's house in TN on Jay's laptop. Best friends for the win.
I wanted to write a little about the freakin awesome time I had visiting my sister at Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, VA. TO is one of the oldest intentional communities in the country and is part of a large network of other egalitarian communities. For a year I lived in a community that was part of that network and now my sister lives at Twin Oaks.
Emily has been at Twin Oaks for nine months. She's a full member. Which is pretty sweet. I had been to TO before but I had never stayed. And I really liked my week there. It was like going to summer camp. I did some gardening, swam naked in a pond, did some repair work. They even had a party one night, complete with a DJ and the good kind of party favors. I danced for at least two hours straight. Also had some rad conversations with some rad people. I could really see myself living in a place like that. Welcoming and free but also industrious and respectful.
The greatest part of all was probably the food. TO makes Tofu. Like the greatest tofu and tofu accessories I've ever had and I live in fucking China. So naturally, there are some awesome vegan meals. Most of the food was at least veg, I think it represents the "from the earth" mentality that this community has. They grow a ton of food just to be consumed by the community. They also grow animals, which always makes me feel strange.
One of the first things that surprised me when I initially came to community was the lack of vegans. I had always associated the "hippie" with vegetarianism. Likewise, I had always associated the radical with animal rights. I guess part of growing up is understanding that not everyone comes from the same perspective as you. Activism led me to veganism. For me, it's the easiest form of anti-consumer protest. I also know that they way I manifest my reality is my own. And I will continue to manifest, all in ya face.