The Corley Family is deeply thankful for the out-pouring of support that is being shown to our family and our extended Monticello Vineyards family of staff and their families - Calls, Voicemails, Facebook and Twitter Postings and to those that showed up to lend a helping hand.
Many of us have so much to be grateful for - so blessed are our lives - not that we go without pain, loss or turmoil but that those seasons are far outnumbered by seasons of health, joy, and peace.
As dusk approached on this last Sunday - at a time of crisis and on-going emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Solano Counties - we want to express our gratitude to our first responders: the professionals who choose to put themselves in harm’s way every day they go to work. This week highlights their everyday heroics.
The Professional first responders - firefighters (County, City and CalFire), law enforcement (Sheriff, Police and CHP), and paramedics for on-incident care and evacuation are who we think of most often.
We should not forget that while they are professionals they are also citizens, neighbors, friends, and family with loved ones and homes they leave behind to protect our lives, our homes and our livelihoods.
These first responders are the front line of the Professional ‘front’ and they are supported by their organizational staff and their leadership who have also left their loved ones and homes behind to protect us.
The majority of the first responders were still responding and had not had the opportunity in the last week to return to their home (if it exists) or to hug their loved ones - be it spouse, partner, child, parent, or pet in the last week.
We are grateful to our government officials (County, City, State, and Federal), infrastructure organizations (PGE and Telephone) and Emergency Organizations (Red Cross and Salvation Army).
We are grateful to those that volunteered in one way or another to serve our Wine Country community. There are the volunteers that are supporting the County Shelters (Crosswalk Community Church and Napa Valley College) as well as the large animal shelter (Napa Valley Fairgrounds). Everyday citizens that are choosing to serve because they can.
And then there are those that have opened their homes, their kitchens and pantries; their closets, and their wallets; those that are babysitting, parent-sitting and pet-sitting; some have given hugs and shoulders to cry on to comfort each other amongst the frightening ongoing devastation and those that have opened their hearts to those that already grieve the loss of home, life and/or livelihood - we are grateful for the strength of our community. It is comforting to see our gratitude displayed in the smiles, hugs and the handmade signs.
Our hearts ache from loss but swell in love and gratitude as our community comes together to love our neighbors as ourselves.
- The Corley Family