Hall of Fame care package at a careful distance



Ann and Ken Smelley visit with their daughter, Coral, while following social distancing protocols. The parents earned the care package hall of fame with toilet paper, paper towels, meat, masks and homemade brownies.

Ann and Ken Smelley visit with their daughter, Coral, while following social distancing protocols. The parents earned the care package hall of fame with toilet paper, paper towels, meat, masks and homemade brownies.

Coral Bacon a 1993 Pleasanton High School graduate recently hit the jackpot of surprise care packages on a visit to her parents’ house in Pleasanton. Her parents, Ann and Ken Smelley, fall into that at-risk for the coronavirus category of persons over the age of 64. Coral and her family found themselves in instant need of masks as deemed necessary by the United States Government and as of Monday by San Antonio Mayor Nirenberg.

“When we heard that we were going to be recommended to all wear masks I knew we did not have any,” said Coral. “I knew my parents have everything as they are always prepared. My mom said she was going to run to the post office to send me some masks and I said, “No way!” Coral drove down to Pleasanton on Sunday to find her parents sitting behind the glass windowed front door and on the front porch were four boxes loaded with goodies packed parent style. Inside the boxes were toilet paper and paper towels, meat, masks and a fresh baked tray of brownies for the grand- sons Michael, 10, and Christopher, 13.

Coral, whose husband, Shawn is an essential worker, said that her family is being extremely careful around her parents and others. She said the entire family is adjusting to the new normal.

Coral’s brother, Jim Smelley, graduated in ’91 from Pleasanton High School and currently lives in Colorado. “He’s been sending me toilet paper from Colorado,” said Coral. “My mom, too, is keeping us stocked, too. I have had the worst luck finding any.” Her parents, her family and brother’s family have started a new tradition that she hopes continues long after the pandemic. “We are sitting down at 6:30 every night together on Zoom and having dinner together,” said Coral. “We talk about what we made for dinner and catch up on things,” said Coral. “It is something that we plan to keep doing. It has been nice and a change I hope lasts forever.”

Coral, a school counselor in San Antonio, said the new use of technology is exciting at both home and with her work. “For the most part it is working at school,” said Coral. “It is different, but still OK. Yes, we have the kids that are struggling, but you know, most of them are, they’re doing OK and it’s been kind of fun to get on Zoom and talk to students and for students to talk to each other and to parents.”

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