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The Good Long Road | Commentary by Jennifer Fischer
| Saturday, Jul 6, 2013

JenniferFischerI’m not going to lie – this week I’m stuck. I have thrown around a lot of possibilities in my head for the letter U, since I knew it was coming as I embarked upon this journey of the ABCs of the SCV.

A few things came to mind, with “undetected” or “undiscovered” rising to the top, but then I realized I didn’t know if I could really share a great undiscovered or undetected or unknown aspect of the Santa Clarita Valley – not really.

I also thought of “underground,” but while I’m sure there are various underground scenes that exist in the valley, I am not privy to any of them. Then I thought about that a bit more literally, like what is underground in the Santa Clarita Valley – as in, what is our history? What would a paleontologist find? But I realized that would involve a lot more research than I presently have time to perform, so “underground” doesn’t really work, either. What else?

Well, there’s “uncover,” and maybe I could tell you things you should uncover (i.e., discover) in the SCV, or things that could be considered “ultra” – but ultra what? Another suggestion I received was “uber-awesome,” which could be kind of fun.

In the end, none of these possibilities jumped out at me, and I found myself sitting here going, “Um…,” wondering if I get a pass for “U” or if I would find myself circling back to it next week.

I’d love to think that over the next week, I could do the research and find out what lies beneath in the SCV. What is underground? What is our ancient history?

Or perhaps, I would be able to spend some time discovering the undiscovered or hearing from what you think the “hidden” gems of the SCV are. Maybe.

Or better yet, maybe U is for Unsung Heroes! Yes, that’s it. I’ve gone from “Umn” to Unsung Heroes. I like that a lot, but I certainly cannot write that column all by myself.

I love the idea of featuring some Unsung Heroes of the Santa Clarita Valley, but to do so properly, I need help. It can’t just be up to me. I would love to hear from all of you and know if there is someone in the community whom you consider an unsung hero.

Perhaps a neighbor who is always lending a helping hand or picking up trash, or a friend who volunteers tirelessly or a nurse or other healthcare worker who always shows you extra care, or teachers who continually goes above and beyond for their students? Who is an Unsung Hero to you? I want to know.

Share here or pop over to the The Good Long Road on Facebook. Thanks, and I hope you had a happy and safe Fourth of July.

 

Jennifer Fischer is co-founder of the SCV Film Festival, a mom of two, an independent filmmaker and owner of Think Ten Media Group, whose Generation Arts division offers programs for SCV youth. She writes about her parenting journey on her blog, The Good Long Road. Her commentary is published Saturdays on SCVNews.com.

 

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