I have always loved Thanksgiving. The glorious food filled with my favorites – the Taggart’s duck, my sister Katie’s creamed corn, my grandmother’s ambrosia, dressing and gravy plus my fave pies ever, pumpkin and pecan.
This year my sister, brother, and I, for the first time, enter the holidays as orphans. That may sound like a strange terminology for a group of three children who all qualify for AARP discounts. We are maneuvering the holidays in unchartered territory without the people who created us and who loved us the most.
What I am so grateful for this year is that our biggest concern is how we can all find ways to continue the traditions of the past as our family loses members but grows through “nearly weds” and the possibility of babies in our future. We all still want to spend our holidays together. This desire to remain a close, connected and loving family is something that I am grateful for in abundance.
I am also so eternally thankful for my work family. I love each one of these professionals who bring the news of Atascosa County to readers across print, digital, web and social media weekly. They are smart, dedicated, hard-working, creative, fun, funny and love Atascosa County and this community. I am so appreciative of our Pleasanton Express Rock Star Interns, both college and high school who help expand our coverage and bring a youthful perspective to our office and journalism. I am so grateful to our distribution team, who come in the wee hours of the morning to prepare the Pleasanton Express for distribution via mail and delivery to 65 retail outlets in Atascosa County and McMullen County. I am thankful for the fresh and informative voices of the ten writers who make up our Opinion pages. I am in awe of our bevy of freelance photographers we call on to capture the good, the bad and the best of Atascosa County. Their photos help tell a story that often cannot be captured by words. I believe all of these contributors, full-time to part-time to contract, help to make the Pleasanton Express the best little newspaper in South Texas.
Words cannot express how grateful and thankful I am to each and every one of our advertisers who make the production and printing of the Pleasanton Express possible. Without each of you, the delivery of an award-winning community newspaper would not be possible. We would cease to exist.
May your Thanksgiving be filled with love, food, family, friends and fond memories of the holidays past.
NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES is the Publisher/Managing Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.