On Saturday morning Aleta and I joined up with a group of people to learn more about the history of the Arana Gulch area near our home in Santa Cruz. At 10am on Saturday morning a local historian offered a free walking tour of the area and so we just decided to tag along and learn a little something about our city. I thought there might be a dozen or so people who came. No! I was wrong. There were probably about 250 people who came, and they were all much older than me – which is saying something for a 53-year-old dude. Everyone was eager to learn more about the history of the east side of Santa Cruz where we all live. It was fun to learn about Juan and Felicia Arana and their ranch, about Fredrick Hageman (how we get the name for Fredrick Street) and about how we got the Harbor.
The thing I enjoyed the most was observing the wife of the historian. The wife of the historian served him by holding up black and white photos for all of us to see as her husband described the Arana Gulch area and the stories of its history. What really stood out to me was her smile and her joy for her husband’s success. When Aleta and I first arrived she was radiant with excitement as more people kept showing up for her husband’s walking tour. She was incredibly excited for him to have such a large turnout! Then as the tour got going, and as her husband shared all of the historical information, info that obviously came from hours of significant research, she simply beamed with pride as she watched him do something he clearly loved to do. Her joy for the success of her husband made me smile. To me it was a picture of how God the Father is said to look at His children in Zephaniah 3:17 when it says “He will take great delight in you; in his love he . . . will rejoice over you with singing.” Her celebration of her husband’s success reminded me that I want to be that kind of person who just bubbles over with joy as I watch the success of people I love, and the people I’ve invested my life into.