|Ruins of 210 Bridge, June 2012|
Why such a big deal? It was a big deal for a bunch of reasons, not least because about six months ago, it and our town were nearly wiped off the face of the earth because of record flooding. However for me it was a day of emotions and reflections as this event was pre-empted by the terrible tragedy in CT.
I spent the full day with my son preparing for the 210 Bridge Celebration and it was an emotional roller-coaster. Joy because we are finally starting to see some normalcy around here, joy because I am truly blessed with a wonderful family and an amazing child and yet terrible sadness because of what went down in Newtown and also a sadness and reflection because of what my town had to endure (and for some still endures) in June.
|Big spoons yield big results|
|Loons, snowflakes and gingerbread men|
|People make it all happen|
|Big scissors, big results|
|Linked back to services and to Carlton|
|The St.Louis River, pissed off and redolent, June 2012|
The celebration in the Thomson Town hall was amazing. The place was full and there was cake and coffee (and of course cookies). A local resident Bruce, who lives on Vermillion Street, one of the worst hit sections of town during the flood, came with a bunch of his musician friends and played for the town. It was cool to see that others had come in a giving spirit as we had and I hope that Bruce felt as much weight unfold from his shoulders as I did. Hopefully the whole town did because certainly having the bridge back on line feels good, it feels like home is back from its wanderings.
|Friends filling the Thomson Town Hall with music|
|People, getting together, getting stuff done and celebrating the good times, after dealing with the bad|
|Life is really simple|