I brought my blanket, a hat and my bug dope and hoped that I would spy someone to sit with. Lo and behold there was Michael Corey sitting all by himself and looking like he could use a date for the evening. We listened to some good music and talked cameras and students both of which we each have a passion for.
The band played my favorite two songs in the world; “Blue Bayou” by Linda Rondstadt and “Wildfire” by Michael Martin Murphey. Those are songs from my teenage years, I sang in my car and roller-skated to those songs, there may even have been some lip syncing in front of the mirror involved as well. If you have not heard the Gregson brothers play, please find an opportunity, it is well worth it. I had heard from others how good they were but there is nothing like experiencing the sound for yourself. They have a song for everyone and a really nice way of connecting with the audience.
They played Dobie Gray's Drift Away another of my favorites. It brought to mind the first time Dustin came to me in the library and asked if he could play for me. What an absolute treat. I still have him on video somewhere. I told him he sounded like a young James Taylor. Haha - he did not know who that was but kudos to him because he went and learned about him. He came back a few days later and said "I gotcha covered Mrs. Stone, learning some James Taylor” So I guess you could say there were two moments 1. Dustin was recognized by his uncles and I had a heart melty moment that I had just a little tiny something to do with this wonderful young man’s life.
When you think about people asking where small town life went to, why families aren’t hanging out together enjoying a moment of general togetherness, or better yet, is living in the Park worth it? My answer is of course, Minerva. Come to Minerva, here is a place you can warm your feet by a fire, or cool them off in Minerva Lake. Minerva is a place where raising a family makes sense, a place where neighbors help neighbors, a place where children feel safe and cared for in school and town.
Moments take place here in Minerva which is just a stone’s throw from the bustle of the rest of the world. Quiet little moments that draw a smile to your face and give you the feeling that family still matters, that quality of life is important and happening in small towns like Minerva all over the U.S.A. Small town life is thriving; you just have to take a quiet moment to reconnect with it. My advice is to find a concert in a park, look for a town wide chicken barbeque and stop in for some quiet conversation. You might never leave.