I have a little something extra to be thankful about this year. At Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting (before all the broohaha about the Swap Shop), the selectmen issued an official proclamation to acknowledge my work on this blog. I’m told it had been in the works for weeks, but the proclamation came as a complete surprise to me. My family even turned out to hear the selectmen read some very kind words.
They credited the blog with providing a place for residents to share their voices, particularly those who might not otherwise choose to get involved. They acknowledged the role the site played in getting information out during the last two major weather events. And they called me a local hero.
I was humbled. I grinned from ear to ear. I blushed.
I’m not sure I would characterize myself as a hero, but the truth is I’m very proud of this blog and the role it has played in our community. But I also know that the success of the site has just as much, if not more, to do with you than it does with me. Without you reading and participating, this blog would be nothing more than a bunch of pixels. It’s you who have created the community.
So, thank you to the selectmen for honoring me, and for their own hours and sacrifices on behalf of the town. Thank you to my wonderful sponsors who keep this site afloat. Thank you to those who join me in bringing Southborough stories to light: Linda Hubley of southboroughnews.com, reporters from the Metrowest Daily News (Brad) and Community Advocate (Kathryn and your colleagues). Thank you to my family for their understanding, patience, and babysitting help during all those committee meetings.
And mostly, thank you to you, for joining me on these pages, for sharing your stories, for loving Southborough as much as I do, and for working to build an ever better place to live and raise our families.
May you enjoy the blessings of family, friends, and food today. Happy Thanksgiving from my home to yours.