"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within." --Elisabeth KÃ¼bler-Ross
Driving through Craig the past couple of weeks, looking at how residents decorated their houses, I saw that a lot of beauty resides from within this town's people.
Not because people put up some lights, but what those lights reflect -- pride. To me, how individuals and a community show their town is the essence of pride. Towns that don't step up when graffiti occurs lack pride. Town residents must have the courage to say that damaging a town's faÃ§ade is unacceptable. Failure to do so only encourages more graffiti to come.
The opposite is true for towns when their residents step up to make the town more, for lack of a better word in this case, enlightened.
Case and point: Observing people put up decorations during Thanksgiving, I explained to my wife that after we buy a house, "We're going to have a house so decorated that when I turn on the lights, the rest of the town's power will go out."
I will not go into her response, as I digress.
Still, after driving more than 60 miles during two days -- just looking at houses -- I can see that I need a great blueprint to complete this plan. ... And that it's good the town is located so close to power plants.
This brings me back to the pride point. Now, I don't know if people decorate their houses as a part of a competition, or for love of the season, or for personal pride, but I can say this much: Sauntering from decorated house to decorated house and seeing what residents did, I am proud to call Craig home.
And proud to try to live up to the community's standards once my wife and I buy a house, because people are going to be thinking they're looking at the Qwest building when they look toward Craig ... from Denver.
Again, I won't go into my wife's response on this. The point is, looking at Craig houses, I can see that there truly is a lot of pride that illuminates from within its residents.
If you haven't seen the lights, hopefully you can take some time before they get taken down and get a chance to see some of the magnificent jobs everyone has done.
It's worth seeing the lights.