Resilient heroes … every day


The past few weeks of hurricanes and 24/7 weather watching has proven one more thing about humanity. We are resilient.

Seeing folks from all points of Texas heading to the Gulf Coast to help rescue, donate, offer services and pitch in to help clean up has been one of the most heart-warming things I’ve seen in a long time.

The aftermath shows what everyone is truly made of – we are a tough bunch, not?

I went to the 9/11 ceremony in front of our courthouse on Monday morning. Again the word “resilient” was used to describe those heroes – not only the ones in uniform who sacrificed their lives that day, but those who were innocent bystanders. Those who knew that they would never see their family members again.

That  day our nation was under attack and thousands lost their lives by doing everyday tasks – going to work, heading to visit someone or leaving for a business trip on a plane – not knowing what was in store.

I can’t even imagine what it was like being a loved one watching it all unfold on the television, knowing that they had someone in the towers, at the Pentagon or on those planes.

The pure panic of folks scrambling for safety, covered in ashes is a memory that was engraved in my mind while watching the news afterwards.

While so many were rushing out to safety, those in uniform rushed in.

H-E-B had their annual luncheon for the Pleasanton Police and Fire Department on Monday. A wonderful way to let these men and women know that their service is appreciated.

The way I see it, these moments of fear, of loss, of hopelessness can help to build up resilience. The continued presence of those who are sworn to protect builds up trust and strength.

Hoping all can gain strength and keep on dealing with whatever is on the horizon.

SUE BROWN  is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at sbrown@pleasantonexpress.com or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.

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