Back in the day, growing up in Renton, I remember Sunday drives in Grandpa’s 1949 Chevy Businessman’s Coupe. Leaving the Highlands, heading east for Issaquah I’d see the sign, “Renton, population 12,000.”
As it turns out, we didn’t need to move to the big city, it came to us. Renton is now about 100,000. Yet, depending on your vantage point and those of us who’ve been around these parts for a while, the small town is still there. If you look for it.
I'm on an errand run earlier this week and drove through downtown what a delightful surprise it was to pull up to the red light at South Third and Wells... "Hey! There’s my old friend John Giuliani (standup bass) !" And a few other Rentonite friends on the sidewalk playing Christmas Songs! How cool is that!
Our families go way back. His dad, John Sr. was one of my Dad’s oldest friends and our grandparents were good friends too! Those family ties go back over 100 years now.
This made it easy to get into the Christmas spirit this year. What a hoot it was to see such a wonderful small town happening. There’s some great old fashioned holiday fun happening in the neighborhood this day!
I wish I could have captured it on video because I laughed and laughed so hard. Third is the main drag through downtown and car after car drove by and the long time locals were rolling down their windows, honking horns, yelling and waving, “Hey you guys! Awesome!" Merry Christmas!