I’m not a fray kind of person. Sometimes you need skill to join the fray. These Mock Trial students had the skills and got heated, there’s no dispute about that.
Sometimes you just happen onto a fray. I remember walking in downtown Portland leaving Portland State University during a war protest. Wouldn’t you know it the press wanted to talk to me about it? I wanted to catch the bus home.
In this next picture the fray was a Civil War reenactment. The Friday before the big weekend at Kearney Park in Fresno, Fresno County Historical Society hosted students from all over Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Madera Counties to an event called Civil War Time Travelers. At this event they met the actors who taught them about everything from Civil War medicine to shooting cannons. Similar to the first battle of the Civil War, the students ate their picnic lunches on the grounds and watched the battle as though it was a show. Fortunately, no one died during the fray.
Although a fray is usually a conflict or dispute, I sometimes visualize it as activities. I ambled toward this crowd in Boston as I walked the Freedom Trail remembering a different fray of long ago. Although it caught my attention, I kept my feet firmly planted on the sidewalk, and my eyes down, so as not to get chosen to dance. I’ve been know to fall over just standing outside a museum waiting to go in.
Some people joined right in. It was a lively show.
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