Or any other day, for that matter!
Spending the holidays in Nome has been quiet and sweet, and warmer and brighter than I was expecting! I’ve been working through them so far, which keeps me occupied, and less thinking about how much I miss my family. And different people have graciously invited me to spend the holidays with them.
Then there is Nome Announce, a community list serve, that reminds me of how connected, warm and caring this community is.
Some examples of posts on nome announce:
“I lost my wallet (or phone, or purse, or dog, or whatever), it’s [fill in desription], please contact me.”
or “Bill, you left your drill at the rec center. I have it–call me at [phone number].”
And not too much later, usually there’s a little thank-you post for someone helping them out.
You can easily keep your fingers on the pulse of the community. Knowing what happened to whom, when. Like one patient I medevaced–his family announced that he was rushed to Anchorage and the family was requesting assistance in their trying time. It’s so beautiful!
Then not infrequently, there are messages like this, from grateful, kind, down-to-earth, just good old-fashioned, full-hearted people:
“Thank you for investing your life and love in the people of Nome. May all the good you have sown in the lives of others come back to bless you again and again. Thank you for allowing me to volunteer alongside you many years ago…” (note to someone leaving)