Ten Things For Which We Are Thankful
LA MESA -- The shelving crews at Ralphs, Vons and Trader Joe's have been working overtime.
Shoppers have been camping outside La Mesa Best Buy for five days (see photo above).
Christmas ground zero -- ToysRUs -- has been stacking supplies and waiting to discover which of their products will be the hot ones early.
These are "all hands on deck" days for the industries that fuel the holiday season.
And so, with Thanksgiving about to dawn in the Jewel of the Hills, we start our list of "thanks" with a nod to those who serve more while the masses play. It is not always easy.
In this year of 2012, we offer a highly subjective list of a few more things we're thankful for in La Mesa and encourage you to add your own list in the comment section below:
We are thankful for:
- Eri Miyabe (pictured right), the barista at Starbucks on La Mesa Boulevard whose indefatigable cheerfulness does more to light up her customers than any of the caffeinated products her company sells.
- Helen Givens and Elaine Arapostathis, two of La Mesa's greatest moms who mix public service with never-ending support of inspiring children who do so much for the community.
- The wonderful confections and the long hours spent by the owners of the Mt. Helix Best Donut Shop at Fuerte and Avocado. Donut emergencies happen.
- The quietly hard-working members of the Mt. Helix Foundation who are a text-book example of how citizens united around a purpose can deliver something special to the community.
- The dozens of citizens on the Centennial Committee and the La Mesa Historical Society who have produced a constant beat of creative and celebratory events to mark this community's 100th birthday. They are making history event by event.
- The new elevator at the Grossmont Trolley Station that has already saved thousands of people millions of difficult steps.
- Our police officers who daily face difficult situations for us all. Just ride with them one night and you'll see.
- The hard-working, 24/7 workers at Sharp Grossmont Hospital who have kept good health care at the core of the La Mesa community.
- The entrepreneurial, adaptive staff that has made the La Mesa Library one of the best in the San Diego County system.