The Opposite of Pease Park

Eeyore’s Birthday Party is a festival that takes place every spring at Pease Park.  The festival includes live music, costumes, food, and drum circles — lots of drum circles.  It is a longstanding “Keep Austin Weird” type of event, starting way back in 1963, and it benefits local nonprofits.

This year we finally decided to go check out Eeyore’s Birthday Party since it is right in our neighborhood.  People literally park their cars in front of our house to walk to the party.  So we decided to walk down ourselves to Pease Park, a place we have long gone to play on the swings, explore in the woods, and play soccer.  The park has even entered our family lexicon.


When we got there, Claire was shocked.  Her nice, quiet neighborhood park was suddenly loud, smokey, and full of hippies.  Claire hated it.  She wanted to leave almost immediately.  What did these people do to our nice park?  She declared that it was “weird and hot” and “hot and weird.”  I told her that the hippies were keeping Austin weird and that they were all about peace and love, which Claire is also all about.  Claire said they are not about peace and love.  They are ruining her nice, peaceful park.

“This is the opposite of Pease Park.  It’s loud and smelly.  Can we leave now?”

We made the rounds, enjoying some drum circles and a cold drink.  We watched the police ignore all the pot smoking.  Molly, for her part, seemed to enjoy the festival.  We assured a concerned Claire that the park was not ruined forever, and that it would be restored to its original state within a couple of days.

Next week at this time, Molly will be back to playing soccer right where the may pole is now, and Claire can come along and enjoy the peace and quiet.  But not today.  Let the hippies have their fun for a day.

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