Here I am on Monday trying to get rid of the writer’s block that has crept into my head because of concern for all those who out there working in these dangerously low temperatures, my husband being one of them.
I had planned to work on a column calling for volunteers in this new year for all the worthwhile organizations in this wonderful community but now as I think about it; you will have to wait until next week for that one. Reason being that I have all this pent up energy being trapped here in my home because of the low temperatures and snow storm that hit us especially hard over this last weekend.
I am thumbing through all the comments on Facebook (yes I know it’s the devil Randy and Jeff) about closures, the state of emergency and all the bad things that are happening out there today. But has anybody thought about all the people who still go on about there duties regardless of the weather and the inconvenience it brings?
I do know one thing for sure we have the best city workers in Northwest Indiana! No matter your politics, the Portage streets and sanitation, water treatment, Fire and Police departments are the best of the best. Nowhere in this county or region will you get better service. Under every city administration since we lived here, these departments have been diligent and tireless in their endeavors.
When the county closed roads and pulled plows, our streets were still open and our guys and gals were still out there responding to calls and plowing streets. To many this has been the norm but I truly believe we are a blessed city and have civil servants who care beyond what most would under the circumstances.
A few years ago our Pastor Dennis Ticen spoke of “counting your blessings” in a message one Sunday. He even played the song from the movie "White Christmas," which is where this song debuted. How ironic, don‘t you think with all this pretty white stuff all over the ground. The lyrics begin, “When you are worried and you can’t sleep, count your blessings instead of sheep. You’ll fall asleep counting your blessings.”
I have never forgotten that message because it reminds me in this kind of situation we can still count our blessings! Today our blessings are all of our city workers continuing to do their job under extremely bitterly cold and snowing conditions to keep us safe and warm.
You see my dear Portage family, we can have fun in hard times as well as in good. We have many more blessings than we can think of. Trust me, I’ve tried to list them all since the day Pastor Dennis gave that message. Writing this column is a blessing to me, to help you feel good about the great things that are happening and will continue to happen in our great city.
Kudos to all of the city of Portage employees in all they do to make our city one of the finest in the land.
This column solely represents the writer's opinion.