After living in Sudden Valley for 8 years, I discovered the sense of community that is small town Sudden Valley for myself this past year and a half. It’s funny but as I have become more involved with the people, businesses and volunteers of Sudden Valley, I found a sense of community here that I have never felt anywhere I lived before. Growing up in Southern California suburbia was anything but personal and too big to feel the sense of community of a small town.
As the self-appointed photographer and writer for “Hello Sudden Valley” I go out and take photos of people doing everyday stuff here in the valley. Through this new pursuit of positivity, I have found joy in myself and with others seeing Sudden Valley through new eyes. People just out with their kids, walking their dogs or driving their cool old cars. Many moments!
There are many people here in in Sudden Valley who have deep, deep roots and I never understood it until recently when I started to understand how special it is being a small community. My roots here are growing. No, we’re certainly not perfect but we’re mostly friendly and down-to-earth people. We love our trees, trails, beaches and lakes. For heaven’s sake, we even love our old barns where so many of our events take place. There’s a lot to be said for the people of Sudden Valley. Many people move here from many other parts of the country to make Sudden Valley their home. So to them I say, give us a chance and you’ll see we’re a little bit of Mayberry USA. You’ll see…Ciao!