“Oh, earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you. Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it — every, every minute?” Thornton Wilder
If you glance at Fort Yukon through the lens of Google Earth, you probably will not spend much time admiring it. This picture was taken just after spring break-up; the Yukon is swollen with silt and our unpaved streets are dirty. Well, okay, they are always dirty. They are dirt. Of course, Fort Yukon does not look this way in December. From early November to late April all is white, even the spruce branches are laden with snow. So you could say our lives are written in brown and white, and you might be right. On the surface.
But you know how treasures are. You don’t often find them on the surface; they run deep and often you have to dig hard to find them. Thornton Wilder understood how few of us look deeply enough into the earth and our own lives to appreciate the beauty hidden in and all around us. I wonder what he would see in our town?