For the past few days, I have been under the weather. Of course, this season lends itself to sickness, so getting a slight cold or the sniffles is to be expected. Once I started feeling better, as I made my rounds, I learned that many of my relatives, friends, and neighbors had also succumbed to the “bug” that was going around town.
While I was sick, several kind souls stopped by my house. They came armed with warm food, tons of cough drops, and get-well wishes. These visits were great comforts. When I felt better, I did the same.
When you’re sick, all you want to do is get well. Of course, that goes without saying. The only problem is, you have no idea how long it is going to take. Sometimes, all you can do is wait it out. It’s hard to say have patience, but, sometimes, patience is the best medicine.
Being sick, however, had an up-side. It allowed me to see how caring and concerned the folks who live in Brackettville can be, and I know that I wasn’t the only receiving extra care, attention, and hot soup. Isn’t it amazing how we can come together to help those in need?
I know that I’ve been a witness to how quickly and selflessly this community comes together when a family is in need. I’ve seen people worried about how they would obtain very basic human necessities, and somehow, always, without fail, someone steps in and helps out.
Of course, we know how to celebrate. We are the best when it comes to commemorating a wedding, a birth, a quince, a graduation, or an anniversary. We know how to get dressed up and put on our best smiles and eat and laugh and dance the night away. Seeing so much happiness is always a beautiful thing.
But, when you’re not feeling well, and you’re wondering if you’ll ever feel good again and, if so, when, having someone(s) who are concerned about you and who are willing to take care of you is a priceless and overwhelming feeling. Even though it has been cold outside, I know that our little town is filled with warm-hearted people who are there for each other at a moment’s notice.
Note: This article was published in the 1/12/17 edition of the Kinney County Post.