Something to be thankful for

Staff Writer
Morton Times-News

The issue Times are tough.

What we think Despite tough times there are things to be thankful for. It is during tough times you have to look a little harder.

Times are tough for many.

Most people know of at least one person or family that is struggling.

Empty storefronts around the area show this.

Those empty stores can serve to diminish one’s view of a community.

Or one can choose to look beyond that and realize there is something in these communities to be truly thankful for.

One thing everyone can be thankful for — that is not determined by economics or the job market — is a sense of community.

A sense of community was evident on Main Street in Morton as residents young and old gathered to watch the Tree of Dreams lighting ceremony  Nov. 12.

The 25-foot tree was donated by Hildebrand Christmas Tree Farm, and JM Winkel and Landscaping helped cut, transport, erect and decorate the tree. Many more committees and individuals donated time and money to make Holidazzle Weekend a success.

They did it out of a sense of responsibility to their neighbors and their community.

That, too, is something to be thankful for.

A community is not buildings, homes or businesses. It is the people who share common beliefs, wishes and needs.

And, even more importantly, a community embraces those with beliefs, wishes and needs that differ from their own.

Those attributes are evident in Morton and they will be what helps pull the town through these tough economic times.

So, when gathered with family this holiday, do not forget to say a quick thank you for the sense of community found in Morton.