The staff at the Daily Sun News has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of a new baby. Grace Margaret Rider made her presence known this past Wednesday just before noon.
The 7 lb., 7 oz. baby girl is not the first baby we have celebrated throughout the years.
With each new arrival, there has been a celebratory mood. We host baby showers for the expectant mother and father, ask questions of the development and pregnancy and wait on pins and needles as though the new addition is one of our own.
I think all this comes from feeling as though those whom we work with are family.
Not every working atmosphere I have been in has been so tight-knit, however. I have worked with people who were strictly business. I have worked in environments filled with drama.
In speaking to others throughout the community, I have found many of the businesses contain a family atmosphere.
That is what is so special about living in a small community...we value those around us. We celebrate with one another over the special occasions. We mourn the losses together, and we take pride in caring for one another.
I love that asking questions of one another is not construed as being a busy-body, although there are people who do take things too far when questioning others.
When there is reason to be concerned, people in the community express the fact that they care.
When someone is suffering from an ailment, prayers of support are offered. If there is a dire need, the community rallies together to raise funds...especially when a person is ailing from something as severe as cancer.
Being a member of a small community can bring heartache and great joy.
Right now, I am taking in the joy and celebrating for proud new parents Aaron and Christina, hoping they enjoy the time they have with their new addition.