When I get irritated, I just remember how blessed I am to live where I do

I’m kind of irritated this week. I know I try to always convey a happy tone but it’s hard to do when we are paying almost $4 for a gallon of gas and over $4 for a gallon of milk.

Reading or watching the national news really isn’t too good for my spirits either.

We are in a tough place right now. Not just in our little communities, but in our nation and the world. With each passing day, it seems we are living with a ticking time bomb. I can’t help but wonder when it’s going to explode.

Look at last week’s national news, it’s no secret the world is a dangerous place right now.  It has been for years and it seems to get worse with each passing day.

It’s very frustrating for someone like me who wants to simply live in peace and raise my children in peace. 

Then, I look at our own community and all the negativity that’s circling around Monticello and Drew County. We hear the same old thing all the time about how there’s no jobs. We don’t have anything. We need this or we need that to be a better community.

I just want to tell those people to wake up. Monticello and Drew County are doing very well compared to many other places.

I am so sick of people saying how bad it is here when these same people barely venture out of the county. People who’ve been to other places, and lived there, know that Monticello is a good place to be right now.

I’ve seen places with no jobs and little hope of getting them any time soon. I’m here to tell you Monticello isn’t one of those places.

Pretty much if you have any skills and actually want a job, you can find one here in Monticello. It might not be what you want at the time, but it pays money.

This community is thriving whether people want to see it or not. There are some great things about this area.

When Jimmy and I first came to look at Monticello, we liked what we saw. We chose to move our family 300 miles to become part of this community because of what we saw.

We looked at the schools. They were way better than what we had in Alabama. The facilities here are great. Both schools also had highly qualified teachers, which means our kids would get a good solid education from them. One of the first things I asked was if the school systems here were practically bankrupt because where we left the school districts around us were borrowing money from banks in order to make payroll because of funding cuts.

We looked at the parks and recreational opportunities here in Drew County and we were amazed. When you look at all this area has to offer to its youth, it’s shocking compared to other places we’d seen.

We have beautiful parks, baseball fields, soccer fields, softball fields, a city pool, and a splash pad. We felt this was a good community to raise a family because of its willingness to invest in its youth.

Where we came from, parks and recreation got the scraps of what was left over from the cities so it’s not a surprise that our parks were pretty pitiful.

Our former city got a grant right before we moved here to get some playground equipment. Even getting that, the parks in Northwest Alabama do not compare to the parks we have in Monticello.

Everyone should feel blessed we have the parks we have here because not every place values its youth like Drew County.

I just wish all the negative people would wake up and realize they have a good community here in Drew County. No, it’s not perfect by any means.

Some of the small town politics drive me crazy but it’s a good place to live, work and raise a family.

So when you think about bashing our community, you need to remember there are a lot worse places you could be than Drew County.

If you don’t believe me, just venture out to other places and take a good, hard look. I think you’ll come running back to Monticello and be thanking God Drew County has been so blessed.

(Melissa Cason is a staff writer for the Advance Monticellonian. She can be reached at reporter@monticellonews.net)

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