Newberry City Hall

Opinion

As the State works towards reopening, the numbers in this pandemic keep trending down, giving us all hope, and we all come out of our houses and begin to reflect back, I think it’s important to remember that the last few weeks have been a different experience for each of us, and so, each of us will remember this time differently. I’d like to share what I hope will be some of my lasting memories from the past few weeks. 

I remember businesses, churches, and just plain folks coming together to feed over 1,100 lunches during Spring Break to kids in need. I watched as our local government reorganized itself to serve our residents in new and creative ways, and I saw our City Manager feed breakfast to every single employee on the front lines just to say thank you. I saw a Commission that re-purposed themselves to serve their community. I saw neighbors go shopping for neighbors. I saw our students put signs on City Hall lawn and make videos to honor their peers who lost out on their senior seasons. I watched as our churches worked overtime to take care of their flocks. I saw golf cart parades and teachers making YouTube videos all to help our little ones deal with the loss of seeing their friends in school. I saw our local grocery store feed over 300 people in one day.

In short, I saw so much giving that I am sure I am forgetting beautiful moments of kindness. I wish I had written them down as they were happening. 

Mayor Marlowe

Mayor Jordan Marlowe

In the last few weeks, I have seen a lot of love, but we only ever seem to focus on the hate. There is love in the world for our fellow man. I see it everyday right here in our community. I wish we could all see it, feel it, channel it, and talk about love more than we talk about anything else. I want to talk about love. I want to live a life of love. That’s the world I want my children to inherit. That’s the world I want to work to create.

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