All families make up their own mythology, create new holidays and celebrations, tell and retell family stories. It is a part of being human.
How exciting it must have been at the beginning of Columbia to be a part of creating the new mythology. And how affirming, then, to be a part of the tradition of re-enacting those cherished events of the past. Shared celebrations can help to hold us together, whether as individual family units or as a community.
It's also exciting to be in Columbia now as so many new things are coming together or reaching towards completion. It gives us a chance to create new traditions and perhaps to see our community in a new way. And for those of us who weren't here when it all started it gives us a chance to participate in the beginning of things. When we participate, we feel a new sense of ownership, community pride.
And that is worth celebrating.