As of Saturday, November 30, 2013
The Dalles Get in the spirit
To the editor:
This evening, as my wife and I enjoyed an exquisite meal at one of our fine city restaurants, we decided to go for a drive through the downtown corridor of The Dalles after dinner.
We chatted, admiring St. Peter’s landmark while driving down East Third Street, then noticed the holiday decorations that were displayed past City Hall and other familiar structures. When we turned the corner to return on Second Street, we noticed a pole with white lights wrapped from base to top.
Turning the corner, we were pleased to see each light post had been decorated in similar fashion. Driving farther, we noticed a lone business with a holiday light display in their front window — kudos to Michael’s Electronics for their wonderful addition to our cities holiday celebration. Well done!
If every business and household were to join together, placing a simple strand of lights or candle (battery powered) in a front window or a wreath on the front door, what would that mean to our town?
When we consider all those struggling right now with illness, old age, family loss, (on and on), what could this say to them about the heart of our town? Coupled with our willingness to share from our abundance, it could say a lot.
Sharing a warm blanket or jacket, a warm meal or place to stay the night, could make all the difference to someone not nearly as fortunate as we are, (those of us blessed with a job, a warm house and a loving family).
Our efforts don’t have to be extravagant. In fact, it’s probably true that it’s often the simplest acts that touch us most deeply. Maybe this is just the romantic notion of someone who’s watched It’s a Wonderful Life too many times over the years. Or, maybe not. Maybe not.
Timothy J. McGlothlin