The past month has been a mixed bag of emotions and hard work. My 80-year old father was hospitalized a few weeks ago for injuries suffered in a serious fall he took while exercising outside. Thanks to a passing good Samaritan who called 9-1-1, he received the help he needed and is recuperating nicely at home. If not for the kindness of a total stranger the outcome would have been much different, a lesson in caring that serves as a timely reminder of the importance of watching out for one another in the crazy world we live in today.
Profound sadness marked this past week. Johnson County lost one of our great patrons, Ben Craig, to cancer after a rich full life, while a colleague and his family lost their 10-year old son in a tragic accident. Attending both funerals caused me to pause and reflect on the fleeting nature of life and the need to make our time here worthwhile. For me, a profound sense of the importance of community was woven through both services. It is clear that the Schwab family’s strong faith and connection to their community – friends, fellow church members, colleagues and family - is supporting them through this dark and difficult time. Ben Craig’s lifetime of service to our Johnson County community creates a beautiful legacy for so many people.
August 2 was primary election day. Thank you to all of you who turned out to vote. I was not opposed on the primary ballot but certainly appreciate the support many of you showed me with yard signs, campaign contributions, house parties and ultimately, your vote. I will continue to focus on making connections with constituents and welcome your involvement.