When I go out my back door each morning, I see a
beautiful, velvety red rose. It was brought over the mountains from
Virginia by my step-great-grandmother, and turned over to me when my
step-mother died in the fall of the year.
It was spindly at that time, and struggling to
survive. A friend who is a gardener planted it again and we began the
long, slow journey of keeping it alive. I read about roses and did
things like putting all of my banana peels around it, and dousing it
with soapy water each week.
After two years, there is usually one rose blooming
most of the time. The plant is strong looking now and a reminder to me
that it takes time to see results.
I relate this to what is happening with the Town
We were very discouraged last year, because our
town was losing so much character and beauty. Look around Grantsville
today. More people are caring for colorful flower gardens and the town
is sparkling with new flower beds and new paint.
Yes, there is more to be done, probably years of
work, but the spirit at Monday night's meeting shows that the little
things do not dull the enthusiasm of the group.
Even though the town clean up day did not have much
participation, plans are still being made for another one in the spring.
The committee agreed, "We will try in the spring, that is the
traditional clean up season. We won't give up."
Coming together is a beginning,
Keeping together is progress,
Working together is a success.
This quotation was sent to me by a family member
after reading about the Town Beautification Committee. Even though she
does not live here, she knows the determination of Calhouners.
We will have a lovely inviting town, not tomorrow,
but we are on the way.