To say that the world has been in a difficult situation for the past few weeks would be the “Mother of All Incomplete Explanations.” Seeing and hearing some of the horror stories coming out of the Middle East is enough to make you shudder. On top of that, it should make anyone sick to see the number of people (some of whom are even elected officials in our own government) praising terrorists who kill and murder old women and young children for no other reason than the fact that they exist. a person who loves decency. In my view, which I can never be so humble about, no attempt at justification can excuse such cruelty. This situation is enough to make even an optimistic person like me shudder.
In addition to events on the other side of the world, there are also those emerging from the storm in our own neighborhoods. There is little doubt that our emergence will be successful and result in an even stronger community.
We also heard the devastating news that a major employer in my nearby hometown had decided to close up shop. Apart from the 500 or so people who have lost or lost their livelihoods, the ripple effect will be felt not just in one community but across our entire region.
In the midst of all this, in the early morning hours of Monday, October 23, a welcome ray of beauty arrived in Haven in the form of a little girl named Gabriella Holbrook. We all knew the entrance to Haven would be nearby. Many of us were waiting with excitement. When I first saw photos of this little miracle, I was reminded that despite all the troubles the world is facing, there is reason for hope and optimism. There was a lyric in a song I sang in my more musical days: “There will be another day and it’s not that far away. There will be another spring, there will always be another song to sing. We’ll see, it’ll be another day.”
It is my sincere hope and prayer that we find a way to create a better world for Little Haven and all little Havens to come.