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A time to be thankful for our children

Vivian Herron, Columnist
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On Monday I was bugging the staff at Washington School, trying to find some more news for you. I ran out of scraps of paper to write on and Kim Lee said, “Go grab a sheet out of the used box by the copier.” When I got home, I casually flipped the paper over to see what had been thrown away.

The following essay was written by Miss Katy Hicks, 13, an eighth- grader here in Washington.

I think you’ll enjoy it.



Stop and Realize




Have you ever stopped and realized how thankful you should be to live in a small town like Washington? Here, you don’t have to worry about turning a corner and getting attacked by a gang or having your pocket picked.

Can you think of another place as nice as Washington? I know I can’t. There are other places that may be as pretty, but sooner or later those places are most likely going to turn into tourist attractions.

Remember when Grass Valley and Nevada City did not touch? Now there are fast food restaurants, hotels and other shops taking over. Pretty soon it will look like Sacramento.

I think we need to remember how good we have it down here and how we shouldn’t take advantage of it. If you ever feel ungrateful for what you have, just think about the people who are less fortunate.

Because believe it or not, you might think you have it bad in Washington, but someone always has it worse. Now listen to what I am thankful for.

There are lots of things to be thankful for in this world, but I am only going to say the things that are important to me: a family that cares for me, a nice house, my health and my friends. Without my friends and family, I don’t know where I would be, but I am here and I am thankful for that. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great time with their friends and family.

Littletown has always educated its children in a (mostly) one-room rural school. There are very few students, a woefully small budget, but we’re blessed with a devoted teacher and dedicated staff. I thought I’d show you the caliber of students Washington School is preparing for high school next year. Great job, Katy . . . thanks for reminding me exactly what Thanksgiving is all about.

Danged if the nurses from the Human Services Agency (Senior Health and Outreach) didn’t come back yet again, God bless ’em, and this time they brought along 60 doses of flu vaccine! If you think it’s inconvenient to trot over to a Bigtown store to get your shot, imagine driving 20 miles before you even get there.

Anne Bomburg and Vicki Petch brought another RN, Peggy Lummis. Peggy graduated from nurse’s training at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind., in 1954. I’ll bet she’s one of the best nurses in the country, too.

They couldn’t get the van this time, so they drove out in an ordinary vehicle, and set up shop at the side of Relief Hill Road with a bridge table and a couple of chairs.

They also said they were going to be returning on a monthly basis – weather permitting – for blood pressure checks and screening for hearing problems.

And on top of everything else, they brought out a load of clothing and food for needy residents. They think of everything, don’t they? Well, leave it to women to get something done fast and done right.

“We feel great about helping people,” Anne smiled. “It’s a good feeling to be able to provide services to people who really need them. Oh, you bet we’re coming back.”

Vivian Herron is a longtime resident of the town of Washington whose column appears on Saturdays. You can write her in care of The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, 95945.


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