It is the end of another year and we've had a great one Oro Valley. From the Fall Festival to the Christmas parade, from elections to the General Plan, it has been a tremendous year indeed. As time nears the end of 2014, and we are doing our part in the hustle and bustle of consumerism, or perhaps struggling to do so, I thought I would share a poignant photograph as we temporarily leave you for our holiday break.
Six year old Werfel, living in an orphanage in Austria, hugs a new pair of shoes given to him by the American Red Cross. Published by Life Magazine, the photo shows the excitement of a child from the simplicity, yet necessity, of a new pair of shoes during World War II. May we all be reminded to find pleasures in the little things of life.
I'd like to sign off with a quote I find befitting, taken from one of my family's favorite holiday traditions, "A Charlie Brown Christmas." For those who have not engaged in the cartoon special, Charlie Brown on his quest for the true meaning of Christmas, picks what is undoubtedly the saddest looking tree on the lot. And true to form, the optimistic character of the bunch, Linus Van Pelt, otherwise known as Linus, shares his hope and cheer for the underwhelmed holiday symbol:
"I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It's not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love."
Well said Linus. Maybe this holiday, we all just need a little love. So from our L.O.V.E family to yours Oro Valley, happy holiday. We will see you December 29.
Heather Nenadovich has lived in Oro Valley a total of five years. She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona. Her husband is Canadian so she is a hockey fan by default and so are her two very clever children. When not being a mommy, she enjoys hiking in Catalina State Park, hand building pottery, and gardening. Her favorite things about living in Oro Valley are the towns recognition of art and culture, their commitment to preserving nature and the Christmas parade. (Also anything from GMG Chinese Bistro.)