Let's see, Friday's high was 87 degrees. I attended my grandson's championship football game Saturday night and wore a jacket and covered up with a blanket. My butt was extremely gracious for the stadium cushion my wife brought. The weather patterns suggest that things move fast in Texas.
That's further evident by the fact it is already time for Thanksgiving. Where did Summer and Fall go? And, Winter will be upon us in less than a month.
Well, I trust my calenders and they all say Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. It is time to give thanks. That may be a little hard for some of our citizens. Homes are still being rebuilt from the tornado, and some have not even started repairs. How do these people give thanks? Maybe they start by being thankful they are alive. It could have easily been otherwise. Maybe they found some new friends that appeared when help was needed. Maybe their family was brought closer together. Not being in their shoes, it is difficult for me to know the emotions that certainly engulfed them. I can only guess.
I would like to think that being in Rowlett was a blessing for tornado victims. I like to think that the whole community pitched in to help victims. I know we did. But perhaps more importantly, I feel that many cities would have done the same thing. In fact, many area towns set aid to Rowlett.
Towns are made up of people. Good people respond to community emergencies. These responders are the same people you meet in the grocery store, restaurants, service stations, churches, and other places around town. They are not special; yet they're special.
These non-special people, who are special, make up the city of Rowlett. Maybe we should be thankful we live in Rowlett. Perhaps we're not perfect, yet, but we're working on it.
When my family moved to Rowlett over 41 years ago, Lakeview Parkway was only a two lane road without shoulders and maybe I can remember 20 cars a day using it. You could walk right down the middle of Lakeview (then Hiwy #66) without much fear of getting hurt. The only place in town to buy something to eat was the Dairy Queen, that still stands forlornly on a to be built lot. There were no supermarkets. Major shopping was done in Rockwall or Garland. Forget medical services. They were no where to be found.
Well, the sign said there were only 1527 people in town. I guess we shouldn't have expected too much.
I have watched Rowlett grow into what it is today. Perhaps still not perfect, but a pretty good place to live, raise a family, and enjoy the continuing of many more Thanksgiving Days.
Perhaps we should be thankful for living in Rowlett........even with a tornado.
Have a very happy Thanksgiving Day.