I have just gone through an amazing journey of saying good-bye to my precious mother as she passed into the Lord’s presence on Sept. 17 at Jamie’s Place, where she has lived for the last six years. Because I am so grateful for the beautiful love and care poured out on my mother by the caregivers at Jamie’s, I want to tell you what it has meant to me.
My family and I are immigrants from Poland. I was 16 when we came here. Our family had many struggles learning a new language and culture, working at multiple jobs to make ends meet, rarely getting more than three or four hours of sleep at night for years. But at last in this wonderful country of freedom and opportunity, we began to prosper and enjoy all that America offers.
Now, as both my parents have passed, and my husband, Richard, passed two years ago, I find myself overwhelmed with gratitude for this country of freedom (you see, we came out of Nazi occupation in WWII, and then Communism through the Cold War years). So, to the people of the Methow Valley who have all helped us in so many beautiful ways to make our lives so meaningful here, I want to say a very big thank you for everything!
To the wonderful friends at the senior center who made mother feel so useful there, even with her limited English – thank you!
So many friends here stood by me with encouragement and help. Thank you with all my heart! And then, you caregivers at Jamie’s Place, you went so far above and beyond the call of duty to be with me and my mother during the most difficult transition for me yet. Your love and tears and staying with my mother all night long, her last one on this earth – I can never thank you enough for all you did.
God bless you all.
Kazia Kuligoski, Winthrop
I wanted to express a huge thank you to all our supporters for a successful evening at Classroom in Bloom’s garden party last weekend! We had a great turnout of friends, enthusiasts and garden devotees, as well as an amazing amount of in-kind support from our local caterers, volunteers and farmers — you know who you are. Thank you for keeping our Methow Valley children, outdoor education, farmers, and access to healthy local food in our schools as a key part of our community.
As the Give Methow campaign kicks in on Oct. 1, please consider giving generously to Classroom in Bloom to help fund the magic of our Methow Valley school garden that produced approx 3,000 pounds of food this year for our school cafeteria and garden snacks. See our website for all we do: www.classroominbloom.org. We look forward to another celebration in the spring!
Kim Romain-Bondi, Executive director, Classroom in Bloom
Time for consensus
I am sick to death at the divisiveness in our country. From the level of the president and his poorly thought out tweets, to Congress’ inability to accomplish anything, to the debate over climate change, whether black lives matter, whether or not NFL players have the right to protest — from the national level right down to our valley, we as Americans just can’t seem to plain get along.
As human beings we all have the same fundamental needs and basic wants — a roof over our heads, clean water to drink and sufficient, nourishing food to feed our families, a job to support ourselves. Beyond that we want our neighbors to have those same things, our fellow countrymen and — women — to have the same things, and ultimately all humans to have the same things. But where it seems to break down is in how we go about obtaining those basic rights.
If our nation is to survive we must get back to being able to compromise with one another and reach some degree of consensus. A former U.S. president said many years ago, “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”
I say let us start adopting this attitude here and now, in the Methow. Let us look at one another as neighbors, as fellow passengers on planet Earth, all heading for the same future and let us begin to seek the right answers together, hand-in-hand. Let this attitude reach beyond the Methow as we talk with family and friends outside the valley, and as we communicate with our legislators at the city, county, state and federal levels. Maybe, gradually, we can create a change for the positive. That is how we accept our own responsibility for the future. It must start with each of us as individuals and we must encourage others to join hands with us. So just to let you know, I’m here, with my hand held out, ready to join yours.
Patti Nordby, Winthrop