By Nanci Dixon
In the midst of an abundance of bad news – rising COVID numbers, unemployment, evictions, homelessness and hunger – some good news stories still bubble to the surface.
We find ourselves mostly posting bad, sad or frustrating news in our Sunday newsletter. It’s not our fault, of course, but we want to make sure you come here and smile too. That’s why we’re bringing you this “Good News” column.
“MY SOUL IS FED WITH NEEDLE AND THREAD!”
RV quilters at Frostproof, Florida’s, Camp Inn RV Resort are enjoying their time spent sewing quilts but are even happier to be lending a helping hand to people in need. For more than 20 years they have been making quilts for migrant workers and their children. They say they get more than they give, particularly when a child gets a blanket, hugs it and smiles.
In addition to migrant workers’ families, the group has also made quilts for the homeless and for veterans. Before the pandemic hit, snowbird RVers would fill the sewing room with 20 to 30 people all joined together, working on these warm and heartwarming quilts, to share their talents with others. Way to go, quilters!
“GROWTH COMES FROM SETTING YOUR GOALS HIGH AND REACHING FOR THE STARS.” —Spencer W. Kimball
Jose Hernandez had a dream that he never gave up despite tremendous challenges. Jose’s family were migrant workers, working the fields in California for nine months of the year and Mexico for three. He knew early on what he wanted to be. He told his dad he wanted to be an astronaut when he was 10, but he didn’t speak English well until he was 12.
Jose followed his dream and got a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering and began applying to NASA. After 11 rejections, he was finally accepted by NASA and was on the crew of the Discovery in 2009.
He now runs a foundation, “Reaching for the Stars,” to help all kids pursue their dreams. Netflix will soon start production on a film about Jose and his remarkable journey.
EVERYTHING IS PAWSOME
Every paddle boarder needs this motor. Now, if he could only power an RV!
IT’S ALL HORSE PLAY FOR THIS ONE…
“THE FIRST DOG IS THE DOG WHO GIVES YOU SO MUCH THAT THE FIRST DOG IS OFTEN THE REASON FOR THE SECOND DOG.”
Who doesn’t treasure the first time your favorite and soon-to-be favorite animals meet? This is adorable.
THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN THIS IS OVER
This was submitted by a longtime RV Travel reader and frequent contributor, George Bliss. [Wishing you a speedy recovery from your surgery, George!] In this extraordinarily hard time, it is good to remember that this too will pass and that there is hope as well as lessons to be learned and remembered.
“When this is over,
may we never again take for granted;
A handshake with a stranger, Full shelves at the store,
Conversations with neighbors,
A crowded theater, Friday night out,
The taste of communion, A routine checkup,
The school rush each morning, Coffee with a friend,
The stadium roaring, Each deep breath! A boring Tuesday. Life itself.
When this ends,
may we find that we have become more like the people we wanted to be,
we were called to be,
we hope to be,
and may we stay that way – better for each other because of the worst.”
—Laura Kelly Fanucci
Read previous Good News posts here.