Saturday, October 9, 2010
Brave and Forgiving
We had a great time Thursday night at Vicki Reno's home. The Sebtown Ukesters played some old-timey favorite songs like "Five Foot Two," "Hey Good Lookin'" and "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing." The audience sang along when they knew the words to the songs.
I could see on some of their faces the desire to join the strumming. Some in the audience signed up to join the Sebtown Ukesters. And of course, they will be warmly welcomed.
There's safety in numbers, and all you need is a wee bit of courage together with the ability to forgive your own and other people's goofy mistakes as we learn to play with each other. (Am I sounding like a kindergarten teacher here?)
We learn to be more brave and more forgiving. No one gets hurt, everyone gets happy. It's great.
My wife, Sebastopol Mayor Sarah Gurney, made a speech about her vision for Sebastopol and the many many contributions she's made to our community over the past three decades.
There was time to chat before and after the singing and speeching. Folks stayed, sipping wine and gobbling the best chocolate chip cookies we ever tasted—really!—until about 9:30 PM.
The Hansen Lane neighbors who came to our event enjoyed being together. They met people who will become new friends. They started planning their first ever block parties and progressive dinners.The Sebastopol community spirit grows ever more happy, more harmonious.