Once Learned, Never Forgotten
The Cranberry Festival of Harwich, Massachusetts, is an annual 10-day celebration held to welcome autumn and the harvesting of cranberries. In the near four decades of its existence, it has grown into a one-of-a-kind event, attracting families from across the nation to enjoy the farm-themed rides and events, as well as live entertainment and fresh produce sold at stands.
5 years old, crowning a Shirley Temple hairstyle, I stood in the long line of the super-slide that accompanied other child attractions at the fair. Gripping my potato sack in small fists, I inched forward in line as my parents followed protectively behind, holding my younger 24-month sister's hands as she toddled between them. I'd been focused on the ride and the agonizingly slow wait of five minutes when something caught my eye. In front of me, lying at eye level on a festive wheelbarrow full of pumpkins was a brightly-colored, r