Living on Whidbey Island for my whole life has given me a great perspective, derived from many angles. I grew up doing farm work, fixing equipment and tools when they were broken because we did not have enough to buy new ones. I learned what it meant to work hard every day, because that was just what you did to succeed in the world. As I got older, I met people from so many walks of life, and that has shaped who I am today. The people in this community are all different; retired people who want to relax on the beach, young people going to school and working, military service members and families, transplants from all over the country and in some instances, the world. We also have people living here who are experiencing the harder side of life, homeless and living day to day, struggling to feed themselves and perhaps even their children. We also have big-hearted people who are doing everything they can to help the disadvantaged.
We are Whidbey. We help our neighbors when a storm hits. We go grocery shopping for those who are high risk during a pandemic. We donate to food banks, volunteer, go to church, ride horses, fly jet planes, and fund-raise for the PTA. It is time that we realize our similarities over our differences, and help build each other up so our community can be everything we want it to be. We have the power to come together, and it is time that we use it.
“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” – John F. Kennedy