“I’ll be right here” is the line E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial utters memorably at the climax of the 1982 Steven Spielberg film. That’s the sentiment I want to share with all of you this month. Regardless of where I am physically, I’m still right here in your hearts and minds.
Although the majority of responses I’ve received since moving to Zion Canyon at the end of September have been a combination of envy and happiness, I’ve also received a few comments that made me a little somber. Hearing “I’m sad St. George is losing you”—or similar sentiments—made me want to better explain my move from St. George to Springdale.
I’ve called this monthly segment “Publisher’s Perspective” ever since I started writing it. In the beginning, I just liked the sound of it and thought it might make it stand out a little from the rest of our content as an “inside the mind of …” kind of thing. Today, I think of it in slightly different terms.
I realize that I really do have something of a unique perspective on life and its pursuits, and if anything, I need to nurture that perspective in the interest of being able to truly articulate my thoughts. That’s what my move to Springdale has been all about: perspective. They say a fish doesn’t know he’s in water, but I’d think flying fish are probably quite aware of when they’re in water and when they’re not. They also probably have quite a unique perspective on the water versus some other fish. Much like a flying fish, I feel like I’ve been popping my head out of the proverbial St. George “water” for long enough to realize I wanted to keep that perspective.
But don’t worry that you’ve lost me. If anything, this move is recharging my batteries to keep this Independent train running on all cylinders. So come visit. Zion is amazing in the fall and winter. And remember, “I’ll be right here” anytime you need me … just a call, text, or short drive away.