Yes, there IS a happy
We’re not saying Roger Varley was wrong in his column last week (“Finding a little happy”), but just maybe there are a few more “little happy” moments that he might have mistaken for distractions. Perhaps he is not to be faulted for this because sometimes it takes a while for a distraction to evolve into a happy.
The merchants and other businesses in Uxbridge are currently engaged in what is being called a sign war. Anyone who has been around the urban area the last few days – (and, indeed, in some of the hamlets) – cannot possibly have missed it. The signs are self-explanatory: the sign war needs no description here. The main purpose of this war is to provide as many people as possible with a smile or a chuckle or just a brief lifting of spirits. But deep down, there’s more to it than that. It’s a way for the community as a whole to return to the original theme of the pandemic, saying we’re all in this together and that with good-natured humour, we’ll get through it all right. People will remember this sign war, however long it lasts, with a smile on their face and that makes a happy. It might not be world-changing, but then, how big is the world you want to change?
We remember with a smile the parade of inflatable Santas decorating dozens of homes along Campbell Dr. last Christmas, and it still makes us happy to think of this extraordinary example of neighbourliness and co-operation. The fact that the only event that didn’t get totally shut down last year was the Optimist Club’s Fantasy of Lights made that display even more special, and it makes us happy to think that it keeps getting bigger and better every year. It also makes us happy to realize the Fantasy isn’t dominated by commercial interests or organizations: it also includes displays by families, making it truly a community effort.
Less organized but still an example of community togetherness is the plethora of painted rocks and branches one finds dotted around town, but all aimed at binding us together. They started showing shortly after the pandemic began and now they are cheerful daily reminders that we are a community. We profess we’ll be a little sad come the day they eventually disappear.
Our merchants and retailers are still finding ways to try and buck our spirits up. Rutledge Jewelers continually dresses up the sidewalk in front of the store with decorative pieces that bring out the cameras of passersby, and the current Mother’s Day tribute adds a delightful splash of colour to the downtown. The Second Wedge is providing a smile for passersby by peopling the shut-down patio area with mannequins and sculptures. HBArchitecture has set out an array of small tables and chairs just so that people can sit and take a break, surrounded by a herd of clay rabbits.
And so it goes. Yes, it has been a tough year, tough for everyone. But if we concentrate on the hardships and difficulties, it can blind us to those small moments that we need to cherish, those small bits of happy that will eventually, over time, build into one big happy.
But Roger was right about one thing: the weather just won’t co-operate.