Greater Good

When I started writing this blog, I didn’t want to be pinned down to one particular subject matter. I didn’t want to restrict myself to a cooking blog because I’m frankly not that great a cook. The idea of a fashion blog was and is a laughable notion because I never have been a fashion plate. You can probably count on two hands the number of times that I have worn high heels, and now that I’m retired, I’m almost always wearing leggings and a sweat shirt or t-shirt. I put on a pair of black pants — the same black pants — and one of my few nice shirts or blouses every Sunday for church. When I get home, I change into leggings and a sweat shirt. And a political blog? HA!

I’m prefacing this post with the above information to let you know that Nana’s Whimsies is absolutely not going to weigh in on the subjects of border security, security walls, or government shutdowns. Not going to happen.

What I want to talk about is what Luke Bryant says in the song that I can no longer listen to because it gets so stuck in my head: Most people are good. When I first heard that song, I thought to myself, “Is that really true? Are most people really good? Because it seems like I hear a lot about bad people.”

My sister Bec posted something on Facebook a few days ago that caught my eye. It was something she received from Estes Park News. You might recall (or simply KNOW) that Estes Park is the small Colorado town right outside of Rocky Mountain National Park. It is so small, in fact, that there is no place besides the local hardware store to buy ladies’ underwear. Believe me; I know this to be true. But Estes Park relies heavily on visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park, so the government shutdown is directly affecting even this small mountain village.

The article starts out saying People and businesses of Estes Park and our surrounding areas are reaching out to help the furloughed federal employees. Here is a list to help those in need.

The list was compiled by a nonprofit called Flinch Forward, which is a military veteran and first responder group that provides help to local communities as necessary. The list includes such things as the Town of Estes Park waiving penalties and service disconnects on unpaid water and/or electric bills starting in December and ending one month after the furlough ends; an internet provider called Airbits offering free internet to affected government employees for the length of the furlough; Alpine Bank providing interest-free personal loans equal to a worker’s monthly pay. Even cultural facilities got into the spirit: Denver Art Museum, Four Mile Historic Park, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science are all providing free admission to furloughed employees.

The list goes on and on. My takeaway, however, is that at the end of the day, as divisive as we have become, when people are in trouble, Americans put aside their differences and dig in to help. Yes, corporate greed exists, but no matter their reasons, even corporations are providing helping hands.

If only we could be so full of grace when there isn’t a crisis.

Bec and I at Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park in the good ol’ days when it was open for business!

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