Ah, nothing says “Pinedorado” like Harvey’s Honey Huts on Main Street and tiny, metal cars going around and around in a circle at the Pinedorado grounds. The sights give me that warm, fuzzy feeling. Actually, those cars bring a tear to my eye.
For those of us fortunate enough to have raised our children in this fair village, we had the pleasure of standing around for long stretches of time watching our own tots thrill at “driving the cars” or airplane and riding the little train. My youngest stopped fitting in the cars about 18 years ago! Thank goodness for simple pleasures!
Seriously, the game booths, food booths, bounce house and the art station had to have decreased the personal technology use by some degree. “Kids” bringing their own kids downtown for the extravaganza, relatives and “move-aways” coming around for BBQ and a beer — old home week. That’s what it’s about. Home.
Which all brings me to an interesting thought that’s surfaced in several conversations lately — how to get the younger members of our town as well as the Hispanic community more involved in these festivities. It’s crazy stuff like the Fourth of July party, Pinedorado and on-going happenings at the Joslyn Center that make this town so charming.
Take the American Legion-sponsored Fourth of July in the park. Consider how old so many of those fellows are! Yes, the Sons of the American Legion and the Auxiliary do an exemplary job of handling things, but more bodies are really needed to make things even better and to prevent total burnout.
I know folks are working two jobs. Add kids, and our lives seem like an out-of-control merry-go-round. But, what are we doing it all for? Were we to take a breath, a timeout, put things in perspective, not let the treadmill run away with us, take in the big picture, I think it is the activities and memories that come with them that make us richest.
I also believe one of the most important lessons we can teach our kids is to volunteer, the importance of and joy in giving. It’s important to note, our kids here in town rival the adults with the number of hours they put in with helping. You can see them serving, cleaning up, handing out, and visiting in almost every “happening” place in Cambria. Our schools have done a fine job of organizing that.
But, we need the young nonparents, the Hispanic community, the newcomers, the old hermits to come out once in a while and keep the love alive. Give an hour of your time to pick up trash. Approach businesses about putting out a can to collect change for fireworks.
Set up tables, fold up chairs. This often takes an hour or less if there are many hands. How difficult is that?
The more the merrier. The merrier, the bigger and better the memory, and the more worthwhile it all is.
Talk to your neighbors, contact your local service clubs, the Chamber of Commerce, the schools, the churches and keep spreadin’ the hometown love.