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Life as I see it… (10/12/2016)

I had a pleasant conversation with a friend and client this week. We both grew up in Colusa County. He went to Colusa High School and I attended Pierce. All the same, we knew and remembered many the same people.

We each had memories of folks who are now established people in our community. “Back in the day” the stories were a lot different about the folks we know now. We laughed a lot and “remembered when” a lot during our visit the other day.

Isn’t it funny how people (most of them) change as they grow older? Just as my friend and I remembered the antics of some of our old friends, we had to laugh at the changes we see in them now as adults. More than once my friend said, “I could tell you stories about that one.”

I’ve been back in Colusa County for 15 years now. I’ve seen changes. Some I have thought the changes were great; others not so much.

The one thing I have enjoyed more than anything else is the number of old friends still living here. It made coming home even more real to me when I realized there were still the same people here.

Since I moved back after my 30 plus years away, it has been a pleasure to reunite with my one-time pals.

Isn’t it wonderful to have grown up in a place where your forever friends are still among those you still count as your friends?

There are “newbies” here now, too, and I have to say, there are many people who have stepped up to continue the traditions of our county and those who have made the effort to bring new ideas our way. It’s all good.

I’ve lived in large cities, and small towns. I will take the small town life over city life anytime.

I love to travel and I love to do the big city entertainment, but I am always  happy when I get home.

I think maybe as I’ve gotten older I have come to realize the true pleasures of life.

This past weekend, Tom and I picked up and set up the furniture in what will be our sitting room in our home together after we are married.

I have wanted this one piece of furniture (big old chair and ottoman) for a long time.

On my day off, it was a rainy day. I spent most of the day curled up in my new chair and reading a good book on my Kindle. I turned on the little electric fireplace in the corner and looked out the window to watch it rains and to see the view of the lake in a distance.

That may be old age sitting in, but to me it was pure contentment.

It’s the little things, the little pleasures in life that make us truly happy. We can have fancy houses, expensive cars, lots of gourmet food, etc., but the peace that comes with a quiet moment, a good book, and a beautiful view is hard to beat.

I feel blessed by many things in my life. Sitting in that moment in time was a blessing indeed.

Life is good today.

— Kathy Craigo is a publicist, speaker, and life coach. She owns Kathy Craigo Media Consulting in Colusa. Contact Kathy Craigo at kcraigo66@hotmail.com.

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