You just don’t realize how much sacrifice is given in this county when you see it in front of you one scene, one memory at a time. But when someone puts together a video, a string of photos, you get a whole different perspective ... at least I do.
You would think the editor of the local paper would have his finger on the pulse of the community.
As my wife says, “You’re supposed to know. Don’t you work for the newspaper?”
She is only kidding, but it is true I meet new people all the time. They have lived here much of their lives and I’m a newcomer — I’ve only lived in Clay County 18 years.
Sometimes I meet new people all over again. I would blame it on age but I talk to people decades younger than me who say they have the same problem.
I like to believe it’s true: Our brains are like filing cabinets. They are stuffed with so much information and then there is a crash.
Anyway, I was one of more than 100 people invited to attend an appreciation banquet sponsored by Brazil Main Street last night.
It really wasn’t necessary for John Moore, Kensey Kunkel and the rest of the team to say “thank you” in such a large way to those of us who try to help, but I was touched.
Then, they played a video of scenes from Route 40 Fest and the many other projects Brazil Main Street has done over the years.
I really was touched as I saw so many different people involved in so many projects not for their own benefit but to make Brazil a better place, as Kensey Kunkel said was her motivation for joining the group a few years ago.
So, when you see stories or photos in The Brazil Times about people who are doing something to improve our town — so many people, so many organizations — stop and think about them. Be glad they care. Then examine your life and see if there isn’t an hour a week you could give to do something good for someone else.