Hopefully by the time this column is published the city’s 2018 budget will be approved by the council. With its approval the council and staff may be able to focus on other issues and begin to celebrate the holidays.
For me Christmas begins with a series of small events; putting up the lights on our home, attending the Edmonds tree lighting ceremony, picking out our family tree and several poinsettias, seeing the hustle and bustle around town, and hearing Christmas music. With my music background the power of music, whether it be the annual Mosaic Christmas concert, traditional carols or Handel’s Messiah, gives me the opportunity to pause, reflect on family, friends, values and goals, and set direction. I’m sure many of you view the holidays the same way.
This year’s coming season is a particularly important one to me. For the first time in a few years Susan and I will be able to celebrate the holidays with all three of our children. Our sons Eric and John will be here locally, and a quick trip to Arizona will let us give our daughter Sarah a hug or two. As an added treat we will get to see three of our four grandchildren. For that time with family, I give thanks.
For the past six years as mayor, Christmas is also a time for me to say thank you to the community for the privilege of being mayor and to thank a truly outstanding staff of around 225 employees who are professionals and are committed to making Edmonds a better place to live. Our city is a treasure and we need to treat it as such. So thank you, to you the community, and our quality staff.
No matter your faith, I hope you enjoy this holiday season as a time to reconnect with family, friends and loved ones. With the ongoing tension we have in the nation and the world, we need to slow down a bit and cherish our blessings.
P.S. Oh yes, one more holiday celebration; shortly after Christmas, Susan and I will celebrate our 48th wedding anniversary!
— By Edmonds Mayor Dave Earlng