The past few weeks have been rough for us all.
Can you believe that it’s been still less than 2 weeks since this whole thing started in the United States?
We got our first case in Lafourche Parish on March 11 — 12 days ago.
Imagine — just 14 days ago, I was at a softball game taking pictures and life had not even changed yet.
It feels like an eternity, but has been just 12 days.
In the past several days, we’ve all worked long, hard hours trying our best to keep you updated on the latest happenings with the virus.
We’ve done a pretty good job, but we’ve made our mistakes — like everyone else.
We thank you all so much for your patience in working with us, but also for your trust in believing in us to provide accurate news to inform and educate our community.
And we’re in this fight until the finish. We will not stop until we’ve flattened that curve into the mud and have sent this virus packing.
But that’s not the reason for this column today.
Instead of patting ourselves on the back, I want to go ahead and pat YOU all on the back, because we’ve seen so many inspiring stories of togetherness and perseverance in the past few weeks.
You’re proving loud and proud what I’ve said my entire life: It is an amazing blessing from God to be a Cajun from Southeast Louisiana.
In the past few weeks, we’ve seen so many stories of togetherness and have seen so many stories of people offering to help those in need.
I’ve had literally dozens of people from our community call me and ask me if I knew of any elderly or less fortunate people who were in need.
I’ve seen neighbors helping neighbors. I’ve heard stories of people going to other people’s homes to check on sick friends or elderly — even at the risk of coming into contact with the virus in the process.
I’ve had people message me by the hundreds thanking me for the work that we’re doing.
I’ve had people send me Bible verses to give me inspiration to keep going.
When someone reads a story that may be helpful, people send it to me to help me.
Today, the icing on the cake, one of my favorite young people, Silas St. Pierre dressed up like me for his Online Learning SuperHero Dress Up Day. That gave me the frissons!
Sure, we’ve had our tough moments, too. I could do without some of these rumors and half truths on the internet. But all things considered, you guys have been Grade-A, and I appreciate it.
On a professional level, I could not ask for better from our lawmakers.
Anything I need from Lafourche Parish Government, I receive in short order. The same can be said of all of our elected officials — the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office is excellent. They’ve long been a gold standard for how a public office should conduct itself. The School System, Port Commission and all of our municipalities, too, have done their best to keep information flowing and out to the public.
Parish President Archie Chaisson has been super transparent and responsive. I’d never spoken to the guy in my life before this and I now consider him a friend. I joke with other parish workers that when we get past this, we’ll all go eat out and enjoy a good meal.
It’s all been one giant team effort.
It’s not over. We have a long road to go.
But I just wanted to send my sincerest thanks to you all.
We’re going to get through this together.
I have no doubt.
The past 2 weeks have been hard as heck, but it’s also reinforced strongly what I already know: There is nothing I’d rather be than a Cajun Boy born in Southeast Louisiana.