I was putting out my christmas lights this weekend, when all the sudden I heard Christmas Music coming from everywhere. I thought I was being visited by Kris Kringle himself until I looked up and saw this caravan of city vehicles coming my way. My thought process was a wash of random newspaper like clippings. I thought of the wasted Government spending, bloated city budget and civic services being shut down due to lack of funding. Yet here I was seeing a parade of city vehicles all dressed up for the holidays with lights blinking and music playing going up and down every street in Neptune Beach. It was one of those moments that brought together many random thoughts into one moment of clarity. The City was actually doing something frivolous to make it’s citizens feel good. Put away all the hype in the media…forget about the debt crisis. For one brief moment it was a scene from 1950 where children played in the streets, neighbors waved to one another and dogs stopped chasing cats…for that one moment everything was perfect. In my eyes there was no money spent this year that was more important than providing this roving caravan of festive feel good.
As I returned to putting up my lights I felt as though I was making my own contribution to the collective good of the community which was stitched together by the convoy of city vehicles all dressed in garland and lights. This Holiday Season lets all take the time to step off our soap boxes, put down our megafones and take a moment of reflection during a time that we need it the most. Many thanks to the City of Neptune Beach for not taking themselves too seriously and spreading some Holiday Cheer.