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20230201 Jo IMG 1661 webI would like to think that Spring is just around the corner - but I know we could still have another freeze. I hope not - but our climate is changing. Or is it? I remember maybe eight or so years ago that we had ice on the highways as late as February 6. So even if you do want to start replanting, hold on - it is a little too early.

Even so we are having some beautiful weather right now. Low to mid-seventies is just the perfect time for long walks, trips to the zoo or maybe even a visit to South Padre Island. It's time to fly a kite, build a sandcastle or even join in the beach cleanup.

How blessed we are to be in the Rio Grande Valley. I check the temperature daily to have an idea of what to expect for the rest of the week. And of course, I want to see what the temperature is in San Antonio and Austin as that is where my children live. I was shocked a few days ago to see printed in bold letters COLD on the map for Amarillo. I am very glad I don't have to live in 21-degree weather.

Our Winter Texan friends are often misled by the beautiful and lush green of the grass and the new leaves that will soon be bursting out. I can understand, planting time in the Rio Grande Valley probably brings fond memories of home and gardens that will soon need tended. Please don't leave us too early.

We benefit so much from all that you bring to the Rio Grande Valley. So many of you volunteer your time - not just in your park but in all of the schools, children's homes and hospitals that need that ray of love and understanding that you bring to us. We love you and we need you.

Many people say that the Rio Grande Valley is a third world country. Well, maybe they should look at our Valley home from a different perspective - we are an amalgamation of several worlds - the world of Mexico and the graciousness and closeness of family that makes up the culture of Mexico. Our neighbors to our South still hold dear the patriarch and matriarch of the family. Added to our world are our visitors from the North who bring to us a challenge to be more generous with our time and our talents. Then we have those of us who were born, raised, and educated in the Valley. These are the ones who all too often leave the Valley for more opportunities and better paying jobs. How interesting it is to see those same ones who were so anxious to leave decide to come back when it is time to retire.

See, there is just nothing like the Rio Grande Valley with the big open skies, fluffy white clouds, sandy beaches, and most of the time great outdoor weather. We are different. Let's not think of ourselves as a third world country - we are our own special world.

The Rio Grande Valley is truly a whole other country.