This week is Thanksgiving, and I must admit that this is one of my favorite times of year and a time each year to remember all of the blessings we each have. Living in Mason is always something to be thankful for and we as a community have so many things to remember and appreciate. Our City is moving forward and our City employees and crews are working as a team with each other in a way that is better and more productive than I have seen in many years. We gave the notice to proceed to our contractor last week on the construction and rebuilding of the waste water treatment plant and in the next year we will be served by a new facility for many years to come. Our electric system is in better shape than ever before and the crews are able to get all of the Christmas lights prepared for the ”Light Up Our Town” activities this weekend. Our Street crews are working to clean up our roadways, and early in December they will start the leaf pickups in our neighborhoods as well. I would like to share a few of the things that I am thankful for this year:
I am thankful that in Mason you can get across town in just a few minutes, and in the process you may only see a handful of other cars but you will likely know and wave at most of them. I am thankful that walking around the square most everyone, whether neighbor or visitor, will greet you with a smile and a “howdy”. I am thankful that we have so many older residents who are happy to be up and about each day and are willing to share their enthusiasm and experience with the newer generations, whether through mentoring, maintaining the museums or just being a friend. I am thankful that we have so many people who are willing to reach out and help others who may not always have everything they need for their daily lives, whether through the Food Bank and Community Kitchen, or Meals on Wheels, clothing donations or Ministerial Alliance utility fund. I am thankful that we have a healthy local economy supported by local banks and providing most everything we need in our town in stores that have friendly service and great merchandise.
I am thankful that we have so many willing volunteers in our community who keep the many different organizations operating so that we can enjoy the benefits and activities throughout town. I am thankful that we have so many different active churches so that everyone who wishes can find a place to worship and enjoy the fellowship with their neighbors. And I am thankful that our community reaches beyond the doors of the individual churches to be servants and witnesses to each other and everyone in our town. I am thankful that we have a rich and varied heritage and history and we can know and appreciate all that has gone on before and learn how to face the future with the perseverance and fortitude of our ancestors. I am thankful that we have been blessed with rain and drought, and that through every stage of weather and seasons we can find the beauty and support to make a living and enjoy our land. I am thankful that we can live and work in Mason County, and be blessed every day with the rural landscape and blue skies that refresh our souls and feed our spirits.
I hope that you can add many more things to be thankful for this season. I could go on, but the important point is that we are all very blessed to live and work in the community of Mason. This is a great place to be and I hope that you find the time to pause and list your individual blessings this week and lift a prayer of thanks for all the things that make our lives better. Have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy the many preparations as we get ready for this coming Christmas season.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent