My friend Suzanne Tyrpak and I went out for Noel Night, and it renewed so many memories of why I love Durango so very deeply after more than 30 years.
The Festival of Trees in the train station brought back memories of the eight years when my husband, Ron, and I held one of the fundraising Snowdown Snowballs. The whole town dressed in costumes and fancy clothes and shoes that got covered in soot, but not caring one minute because of all the fun we had being together as a community.
We were raising money for great local causes and dancing to Rons music, with a whirlwind of excitement when the belly dancers showed up! There was the excitement of seeing the Polar Express roll down the train tracks, whistle blowing, steam flowing, while children, dressed in pajamas, stood in line, tingling with the excitement of riding the train with the real, live Santa Claus. What a thrill!
It was so magical visiting the many art galleries and our local stores with all their wonderful offerings, and then, walking over to the Durango Arts Center for a musical show. There was amazing local talent with a great story, songs and dances (written, directed and choreographed by Dinah Leavitt Swan and Terry Swan) that lifted our spirits even more. Laughter, song, dance, sharing as human beings with all our insecurities and blemishes, renewed with hope and trust.
Over three decades, Ron and I would walk the streets of Durango (on the rare nights he wasnt performing), at Christmastime, giggling and hugging beneath a huge fir tree, and marveling at how it felt to be so blessed that we lived in a real Disneyland.
My beloved has passed on, but the magic of Durango lives on, and Rons spirit still dances and brings music to this town in his heart.
Each and every person who lives or visits here is deeply blessed in ways that heaven only knows. Our hearts get sparkling glimpses of what heaven on Earth can be like.
Thank you and happy holidays!
Susan Urban, Durango