On December 5th Velma had a community dinner and Christmas Parade.
This is the first town I've lived in that does a community dinner. It's nice I think communities need secular get togethers.
Small town America -- It was a good evening.
I haven't been shooting much. I'm finally almost finished with everything I need to finish. Then I'm finished with portraiture for now.
This post will be more pictures than words. I need to write a couple of semester tests.
Community is important. Perhaps that's what our large urban areas are lacking, a sense of community. In an effort to combat segregation we have a society that has taken to busing kids across big towns into giant high schools. This is a nice effort to also facilitate education with highly qualified teachers, but I think society needs more K-12 schools where kids grow up together instead of being separated by grade levels at grade level schools. I think we lose community that way. There is nothing wrong with community. I almost think we live in a system so desperate for equality - and fairness that we have become increasingly more and more unfair to children and youth.
So while I sat down to write about community - I return to the issue of education. But small town America is important. Community can exist within large towns but it has to be built and fostered.
I won a door prize too!
Next up the Christmas Parade.
What I love about Christmas is that it is for the kids, but it is also good for us adults to remember the joys of childhood.
It was a nice parade. I am not a huge fan of Christmas parades but they are pretty popular in Oklahoma. Coming from Northern Nebraska we had Christmas programs at the school but I don't think the weather was very agreeable for Christmas programs.
But parades and events are going on all over small town America right now. I hope you made it to your local event.