Pierce County Executive, Bruce Dammeier announcement.
It’s easy to focus on how much we’ve lost over the past two years. There is no doubt that COVID has robbed us of a lot of things – most terribly, the people we love. None of us will come out of this period unscathed or unchanged. We have all learned the importance of being in the present moment and having a greater appreciation for experiences that we previously perhaps took a bit for granted.
However, it is useful and healthy to remember the many things that we still have. Fortunately, this list is long for me this year, and I hope it is for you too.
First, we have amazing and heroic medical professionals. While many of us were able to work from home and social distance, most of our healthcare team had to deal with the pandemic – from getting vaccinations to providing intensive care in an intensive care unit. We are eternally indebted to them for their selfless service and compassion.
Second, we were all reminded of how important our educators are – and the important role our schools play in the academic development of our children, as well as in social and emotional growth. We owe another debt of gratitude to our teachers, administrators, bus drivers, janitors and others. They have shown great professionalism and tenacity – constantly adapting and adjusting to meet the needs of our young people.
Third, I am eternally grateful to all of you – our county family – who weathered this storm with grace, persistence and creativity. Your ability to innovate and problem solve to serve our residents never ceases to amaze me!
Fourth, I am grateful that enthusiastic new employees join us every day. Again this week I had the chance to participate in our New Employee Orientation and was encouraged by this enthusiastic group of talented and passionate individuals. As we see some key veterans retiring, our future is bright!
Fifth, I am personally grateful that I can celebrate the holiday with my brother and sister. We haven’t been together for many months, so we’ll have a lot of catching up to do. Although I will miss my granddaughters, I am delighted to reconnect with my siblings. I hope that many of you will also have the chance to reunite with your family.
Finally, I think we can all enjoy a few days off to recharge, reflect and regroup. I know I’ll be looking forward to a good book, or two, and some time away from the office.
I wish you a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation!