Twenty years ago, I completed my painting titled “Little Red Schoolhouse.” I was inspired to paint the red schoolhouse on Silverado Trail and its beautiful setting. When I had finished painting, I wrote a poem which is more pertinent today than it was then. The poem is titled “Yesterday.”
A bell still hangs reminding us
Of days of yesterday
When children with their marbles
And jump ropes used to play
In a schoolyard where majestic oaks
Stood tall against the sky
And children learned to read, to write
And endlessly ask why
The oaks still stand upon the hills
Much fewer than before
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And nestled in below the hills,
Grape vines adorn the floor
Will this pleasant view survive?
Will we preserve this land?
As our future generations
Stand where we now stand.
When I reread this poem the other day, I thought about the questions I had asked in my poem. They are more relevant today than ever. It is important to protect our hillside oak woodlands for future generations – for my children, my grandchildren, and my great grandchildren.
Do you think about yours? That is one of the reasons I am voting yes on Measure C.