Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
Last week the Casa Grande Dispatch featured a story about a family whose lives were impacted by COVID-19. We are that family. I would appreciate if this letter could be printed to clear up any miscommunications, thank you.
I was really disappointed with the story I read. It painted a picture of this sad and struggling family, which we are not. After reaching out to the reporter and having another conversation with her, it came to my attention that someone else (who will remain unnamed) reached out to her, asking her to contact me regarding our current situation, thinking we were in need of some kind of help and getting our story in the paper. I know the person and the reporter meant well and I understand where her heart was. I get it, we took a big hit and a public one at that. I know people want to help and we appreciate it very much.
The fact of the matter is, we are doing quite well. Yes, we were blindsided by this pandemic. Yes, we have been put in a difficult position but who hasn’t been? So many people were hit hard by this. So many people lost loved ones, lost jobs, probably lost homes, I don’t know. But we remain very blessed and have nothing to complain about. We are all here and I couldn’t ask for anything more this Christmas. I know that goes the same for each of our kids.
See, the thing is, I don’t like to make our situation a sad one. I learn from every situation life gives us. In every page of our story is a great lesson to be learned. I know people like to hear sad stories and drama and I just can’t seem to see this as anything more than a blessing in disguise.