Feel Gratitude...And Express It

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~William Arthur Ward, Writer

We have so much to be grateful for here in Scripps Ranch. I would like to suggest that this month, we express our gratitude to the people who make our quality of life so special.

How about your child's teacher, soccer coach, or ballet instructor? What about the community volunteers, such as those who serve on the SRCA Board, who work so hard to keep Scripps Ranch special? Hopefully, Thanksgiving will remind us to express our gratitude this holiday season!

November begins with Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 4. No matter who or what you vote for, be sure to vote. We should feel gratitude for the freedom we have to vote our conscience.

Unfortunate occurrences have been reported in our community this election year--political signs in people's yards have been stolen or vandalized. One resident shares his story on page 25. This is not just a prank. Trespassing on private property is against the law.

The freedom we have to speak our mind and display political signs is definitely something to feel gratitude for. So let's express our thanks to the men and women in the armed forces and the veterans, as well as the many who gave their lives, so we can enjoy those freedoms. Please remember them on Veterans Day--Tuesday, Nov. 11.

A Scripps Ranch tradition is our Veterans Day Concert put on by our schools' choirs. This year it's on Wednesday, Nov. 5. More details are on page 33. Get there early, as this is a very popular and inspirational event!

We may be 3,000 miles from Broadway, but we have our own slice of the arts right here in our community! We should feel gratitude for our own Scripps Ranch Theatre, which is celebrating its 30th season. And it's expanded the number of productions this year. Read about that on page 45, then reserve your seats for their new play!

We welcome Richard Burke as our Scripps Ranch Library's new branch librarian. More details are on page 65. Be sure to stop by and welcome him to our community!

As someone new joins our community, we bid farewell to someone who has been with us for eight years--our Councilmember Brian Maienschein. The SRCA held a special event for residents to say "goodbye" to Brian. Check out page 15 for more about the evening.

Brian, I think I can speak for many in the community when I say we feel a deep sense of gratitude to you for standing by us through many ordeals. The worst, of course, was the Cedar Fire. Your leadership and caring helped survivors rebuild their homes and lives in record time.

And while you stepped up and successfully faced that challenge, you and your staff also helped residents with everyday issues. "Thank you" does not seem adequate to express our appreciation. We wish you the best! There are more expressions of gratitude to Brian throughout this Newsletter.

I think sometimes we forget to say "thank you" to the ones closest to us--our family. We get so caught up in the day-to-day rush--getting to school on time, social engagements, volunteer activities--that we forget to appreciate the most important people in our lives.

I know I'm guilty of that. So to my beloved husband, thank you for being my rock in the craziness of the daily routine. To my boys, you are my inspiration; my love for you is immeasurable.

My hope for you this Thanksgiving is to make time to not only "feel gratitude," but "express it." Happy Thanksgiving, Scripps Ranch!

Gloria Tran, Editor