I've just went through a week of enduring the "crud" that seems to have been going around town. After spending several days downing Mucinex, drinking water and coughing my lungs up, I was in less than a cheery mood on Tuesday morning.But, I was feeling better than I had in almost a week! I was coughing a lot less, I could breathe without leaving my mouth open, and I was no longer going through tissues so fast that they were having to cut down trees just to keep up with my demand.That's when I decided that I needed to look for the positive in things. Instead of concentrating on the negative, I would find the positive side of things.First up... in February, one of our normally driest months, we've already had over three inches of rain. Since January, more than five inches. Tanks are full, creeks and rivers are running, and it looks as if we're going to have an incredible spring wildflower season.According to forecasters, this isn't an end to the drought. However, they also didn't predict that we would have such a wet winter. According to them, this was supposed to be a dry winter... and, then, it started raining once a week!Second.... after an incredible football season, our basketball teams are both doing great, continuing our Puncher tradition of victory and good sportsmanship.We still have UIL events, tennis, track... The 2011-2012 Punchers are not through with their entries in the record books! Third.... we've still got some really great events coming up in the near future. There's the Chamber Awards Banquet this Thursday. Coming down the way, Habitat Spring Benefit, Fire Department BBQ and more.Mason in the spring, going into summer, has a multitude of events. Most are built around fundraising for various events and causes (Cancer Fundraiser), and they use local volunteers and resources to put together gatherings that entertain while also raising money.Fourth.... I live in a community that is full of wonderful and interesting people. I am most reminded of this during the past week when we have lost some of those incredible folks.Laverne Lee left us this past week, and she will be missed greatly by Mason. She was a smart, creative and unique lady. She loved her heritage, her community, her friends and her family. She gave to the church, to education, to politics and to people.I had the pleasure of getting to know her even better when I moved back to Mason in the late 90s. I found working with her to be one of the highlights of my week, and I cannot begin to adequately explain how much I learned during our conversations. We would work, non-stop, for several hours. At the same time, she would question my opinion on various issues and topics, and would then question my decision making process, all the while continuing to focus on our tasks.Laverne will be missed; but, I am better for having known her.It's a really good day in Mason County. You just have to know where to look.
It’s all just my opinion.