On Friday, my family and I attended the Christmas Magic show sponsored by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department. It was wonderful to see families and grandparents filling the high school auditorium to overflowing. The very essence of Christmas was captured in the children's faces as they beamed with anticipation and excitement.
We laughed out loud and were amazed. The evening was indeed magical and enjoyable. The Knights of Columbus brought their Weenie Wagon and served up free hot dogs, cookies, hot drinks and warm smiles. Santa arrived and all the children were given the chance to have a photo taken with him and receive a holiday candy bag. What a wonderful community gathering and a wonderful evening all for free. As parents, we couldn't have been more pleased and we thank everyone involved.
Something else wonderful happened that night that may have gone unnoticed. Near the end of the evening the Parks and Rec team gave away door prizes to children with winning tickets. One little girl named McKenzie Hines, 6, won a Tonka toy designed for toddlers and kindly gave it to a 2-year-old girl she didn't know. I watched as McKenzie's older brother, Austin, then gave his toy to his little sister because she no longer had a prize.
As I attend the many activities and news events involving our children in the Rim country, I am touched to see similar small acts of kindness from our youngest residents. Their parents and our entire community should be proud and take comfort in knowing that goodwill toward men is still sprouting from the hearts of our youth and can be nurtured and harvested with care.
Richard Haddad, publisher