Usually at this time of year, we reflect back to what we are thankful for in our lives. In a normal year, it would be very easy to take these things for granted. However, as we all know, this has been everything but a normal year for our community.
Hurricane Gustav tested the will and fortitude of our city with a direct strike to our infrastructure. With thousands of trees and power lines down, the electricity was down for days and in some areas weeks. Businesses were closed, restaurants were slow to open, and roads were impassable. But once again, our city worked together to get through this tragedy.
At the same time, we were faced with gas cost of over $4.00 per gallon. And now, our nation is struggling through one of the toughest financial situations in decades.
So, when we gather around the Thanksgiving table this year, it is easy to be thankful. It is great to live in a community where adversity brings you together and makes you stronger, a community where one can prosper even in the toughest times, and a community that always helps those in need and gives back for the greater good.