Another Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone along with another missed Tree Lighting Ceremony. I am not much for crowds, so I tend to avoid the ceremony. I do enjoy seeing the tree lit up when I drive or walk through town. All and all, I do think of the Thanksgiving holiday as a time to reflect and actually give thanks. So here are a few of the things about Idyllwild for which I am grateful.
First, I am thankful for the seasons, even winter. I enjoy spring and fall the most. Summer is always fun, even when it’s very hot. Winter, however, is something that grew on me. Like most folks who grew up in Southern California, I always was pretty smug about walking around in a T-shirt in January while seeing all the folks back east getting hammered by the weather.
After my first winter in Idyllwild, I had new respect for those same people and realized, that besides its weather, winter provides time to slow down and plan for spring. After a few years, you begin to look forward to snow and the beautiful winter sunsets.
I also am thankful that I can walk out of my front door and in about five minutes I am hiking on a beautiful scenic trail. After about an hour of walking, I can be on the Pacific Crest Trail and walk all the way to Canada if I so desire.
I am thankful for black oak trees with their leaves of gold and their black trunks. They are one of the most impressive tree species I have ever seen. After coming back to Idyllwild from three days of working in the city, the oaks that lined the highway made for a very warm welcome indeed.
I am especially thankful for my many good friends that live here among the pines. As the song goes, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” The sense of community in Idyllwild is very strong. When the chips are down, we pitch in and help our own.
On Saturday, as I was loading my truck for a trip to the dump, my part-time neighbor, whom I have never met, walked across the street and introduced himself. He asked if I needed a sofa bed and as luck would have I was looking for that exact item.
I drove my truck across the street and and we loaded up the sofa. I managed to muscle it into my house by myself. It was just then that I remembered that someone had given me a new set of sheets and pillowcases the day before and they fit the new bed perfectly. That’s what I call Idyllwild magic.
I am thankful for the fact that I was able to work and live in Idyllwild. Now, I will be retiring here as well. Most people who retire to Idyllwild work many years before getting the opportunity to move to Idyllwild full time. I managed to skip the first part. I am grateful that I enjoyed Idyllwild when I was still young.
Finally, I am thankful to the Town Crier for letting me share my thoughts for the last six years.