I love the sharing of a good story.
I think a love for hearing and telling stories comes natural to most people, which made Saturday’s Citrus Harvest Festival a special day.
When moseying through streets crowded with friends and neighbors the sharing of stories comes naturally. People were sharing stories with friends and first time acquaintances all day long.
Lynda Schubert and Natalie Gorges shared stories of their father/grandfather and his Model As.
Brenda and David Hatfield shared the story of their restoration of the Knights of Pythias Hall with guests of the Historic District Walking Tour and the Miners of Inland Empire Prospectors and Miners shared their story of finding a fossilized menoceras tooth near Plunge Creek.
I didn’t hear any personally but I’m sure stories were being told at the vendors’ booths as well.
An event like the festival is great if only for placing so many of us in the community on the same street at the same time for a pleasant and positive purpose, making our engagement with each other easy and enjoyable. But, as those who were there know, there was plenty more to enjoy.
One of my favorite short stories is Ray Bradbury’s “The Time Machine.”
This story, like most of Bradbury’s work, is set in the future.
It begins with children, outside, talking excitedly and arguing.
One is telling the unbelieving rest that he has found a time machine.
The kid tells the others to follow him and he will take them to it.
They follow him into a dusty old house up the stairs and into the dimly lit attic where they see an old man sitting stiffly in a wooden chair.
The boy approaches the man and sits at his feet then asks for a story. The old man then begins a story about hunting the long extinct bison on the open prairies. That is followed by a story about fighting in the Civil War. The children gathered in the attic are captivated.
It’s a great story that places a value in the telling of stories and history. It also illustrates what the organizers of the citrus festival hope to accomplish, give current generations a time machine into Highland’s past.