Another example of why Western Loudoun is worth preserving and maintaining is the kind of farming folk that made this County.
Perhaps more people need to understand and consider what kind of people made Western Loudoun what it is, and why it must be preserved because what’s best about the West is a lot more than geography.
It’s about core values that sustain a community when the center doesn’t appear to hold any longer.
We have just recognized a “living legend,” long time Lovettsville farmer, James “Jimmy” Spring, 95.
Jimmy likes to tell stories, but this story I’m telling is about “Jimmy.”
It’s about Jimmy’s values, the ones we treasure as a community, that we celebrate, seek to emulate, because these values he shares give us a place to stand and enable us to achieve a worthy objective, whether it’s farming or anything else we might consider worthwhile.
Aristotle said, “Nothing improves your aim like having a target.”
Jimmy had a target, and a way to reach it, because he had the character transparent to everyone else, revealing exactly who he was, and what he was made of.
His force of character defines his life, as a living legend, and it’s particularly instructive for all of us to consider this man in our time of fact-free discourse of a seemingly rudderless and unworthy cast.
This past Sunday at about 3PM, at the local Lovettsville Lutheran Church in the basement, a crowd of 120 came to hear Jimmy’s story, and to watch a movie prepared by yours truly that expands upon the remarks I’m making here (the movie was posted on line after its premier at the award ceremony – and it’s free – https://vimeo.com/195151504 ). Continue reading