Hard to believe we are more than halfway through 2020! The month of July was a busy month for my family. We have a nice group of July babies so I want to take a moment to wish my niece Audrey Porter, my sister Tynea Porter of New Market, my son, Breyton Alsup of New Ross and last but certainly not least, my dad, Ivan Thompson, a very happy birthday! All of these people have such a huge impact on my life and impact who I am today. I couldn't be more proud of each of them.
My niece Audrey turned 5 recently. She is our little ham! I like to think she takes after her aunt in many ways. Definitely marches to the beat of her own drum. She can put on a princess dress while giving the boys a run for their money outside playing. She keeps mom and dad on their toes but keeps Aunt Stacey laughing. The joy of being the 'Aunt' is un-comparable!
My sister is 12 years younger than me so it's a unique sibling relationship. There were times it was more of a child / parent relationship but now that she is all grown up and has a family of her own she’s not only my sister, but my friend and confidant. My siblings are my best friends and are who I turn to when I am at my worst and need a caring ear or words of advice. The scariest moments in my life, like when my daughter was in an awful car wreck or my son was hospitalized from an allergic reaction that almost took his life, my sister and brother were my first calls. In no time they calmed me down and were there for me in a way no one else could be.
My son Breyton is our little family comedian. I'm not sure he is ever truly angry or upset about much of anything. Everything rolls off his back like water off a duck. His laughter is contagious. No matter what mood or how down you may be he will have you laughing along within moments of walking into a room.
And last but certainly not least, my dad. I've written about my dad before. He is the man in my life in which every other man is compared to and let me tell you . . . that's some pretty big shoes to fill! My dad was very well known around here when I was a kid. He and my uncles had a country and western band and traveled all over. To this day, I have people stop and tell me stories of back when they followed the Thompson Brother's band. I love hearing the stories of dad's glory days. Today, he spends most of his time playing with his antique car and fishing. It's a different stage in life when your parents are not just your parents but also your friends.
I'm so grateful for each of them. When I am at my best, when I am at my worst, they are my tribe. The people who love me in spite of my flaws and insecurities. The people who will be there night or day, 24-7, through the good and bad. I could not be more proud.
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NOW THAT WE are officially in August, I've been reflecting on what I have and haven't accomplished this year. The year of COVID-19! I feel like there is so much lost time and as you can probably gather from my past few columns I'm not sure that idle time is healthy for some people. Would our country be in the state it's in if people had to . . . hmm, I don't know . . . maybe get up and go to work?
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THIS YEAR IS flying by. I have tried to knock out some home improvement projects, try new things and hoped to learn a thing or two along the way. I’ve caught up on some reading and, yes, even caught up on those television series I had fallen behind on. Simply put, I've tried to keep myself busy.
It seems just when it appears we’re at an end to this virus it hits again. I truly believe that we have to do this collectively. If we're going to mandate masks and shut down businesses it has to be done across the country. I personally would rather see the country as a whole shut down in the early stages and stay at home for a few weeks then some places and people on shutdown and others not. It seems we are just dragging this out. Of course, I do realize that is easier said than done. It just seems at the pace we're going we may be fighting this virus into 2021. That is a scary thought!
I'm praying this is over soon and we can get back to some normalcy. I will say I think it has given me an appreciation for the things in life I may have not taken much notice to in the past. I never thought I'd look forward to getting groceries or going to the dentist, that's for sure!
Until next week, stay safe, stay healthy and remember . . . we're all in this together!

Stacey Baschwit works at The Paper of Montgomery County, along with her many other duties, and writes a weekly column about the people, places and events that make up her world.