Sometimes it feels so good just to walk around and see the people in your neighborhood, your community. Too often we don't stop to appreciate our communities.
Again, this year, we walked to the Golden Valley Art's & Music Festival near City Hall. The weather wasn't great, but the people showed up. Food trucks, kid's games, bands playing and artist booths provided a nice climate to say - "I live here and I like it!" We bought pottery this year - a french butter tub (you know with water cup thing) and a toothbrush holder.
What hit me this year was the many shared values we have. Common values, maybe not exactly the same, yet a mutual comfortable feeling.
One strong value, here, is our love of family and appreciation of what makes our community as safe as it can be. The schools are great. Great fire and police crews. I believe this must be the home of Minnesota Nice!
With our wet summer this year I am reminded of how well our water management staff and volunteers are working. We live right next to Bassett Creek. Though several times in the last few weeks we've had flash flood warnings and people's cars have been stuck is high waters on some highways, rarely does our creek go over its banks. Most people, I believe, find that most assuring. We get the beauty, but not the danger.
We have lived in Golden Valley for 16 1/2 years. It's the longest place of residence we've had in our lives. It is home.
As to the Arts & Music Festival, each year it gets better and with great crowds. Next year will be even better!
John Hensrud, REALTOR