What a beautiful day it is! I have spent the greater part of this week talking to Mayors and business owners about Gov. Abbott’s Phase II to reopen Texas.
I simply love to talk to Texans about good news. There are folks who just flick the negative off their shoulders and plow forward with the positive. These are my kind of people. Who hasn’t lost something during these past months of COVID-19? I don’t know of anyone who has not. The trials and tribulations have been great. But, my favorite quote of this whole PanDamnDemic is “This really sucks, but boy aren’t we blessed!”
What have you gained during this time of COVID-19? For me, a deeper sense of gratitude and appreciation for my family, friends, co-workers and community. A greater sense of pride in small business owners that are “Support Local” loyalists. A closer relationship with strong women business owners in Atascosa County who have supported each other through thick and thin. Respect and admiration for the leaders of local clubs such as the Rotary that kept us engaged and going weekly through Zoom meetings. Thanks Sarah Evans! I have always been a huge fan of the whole Parks and Rec Department – Greg Leach, Tony Aguirre and Tabitha Garza. I love them all as individuals but together they truly create magic. How does a Parks & Rec Department up their game during a pandemic and park closures? Well, look at their Facebook and you will see the level of engagement they continued throughout these past two months. Impressive.
I am thankful for the Mayors, the Police Chiefs, the Sheriff and the County Judge who have made themselves available during this time of great uncertainty. I never had a call or text that was not immediately and graciously returned. Thank you for your leadership.
I am so grateful for the San Antonio Food Bank that returned for the Mega Food Distribution that provided food to 800 families many of whom have never had to ask for assistance before. I am thankful for the volunteers that showed up for both feeding events. I am in awe of our local food banks that continually provide food and necessities to those in need. I am also in awe of Gloria Day’s Interagency Council of 60 non-profits who locally provide everything from electric bill relief to shelter for those who have lost their homes. For information on these assistance programs, please go to www.pleasantonexpress.com to our easy to access COVID-19 Resource Guide.
I urge you to become the kind of Texan that looks to the positive in the days, weeks and months ahead. Be a part of the solution, not the problem. What good can you do today instead of wasting time pointing out the negative? Churches in Atascosa County have returned to worshipping together. They also have myriad ways for you to be of service to others – (the fastest way I know of to stop focusing on yourself and on the negative.) If you are having trouble finding the positive, look on page 3A at the church directory and go find some hope at one of these places of faith and worship.
NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES is the Publisher/Managing Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at email@example.com.