What keeps you awake at night? We all have something that wakes us up at 2 am. Maybe it is something on your “to-do” list that didn’t get “to-done.” Maybe it is a mistake that you made in your past. Maybe it is something that hasn’t even happened yet. In my house, we call that pre-worrying.

I have a lot of things that keep me awake these days. For starters, my youngest child is 16. He has learned to drive, but I can’t seem to get an appointment for him to take his behind the wheel test, no matter how many times I call. So, there is that. I know that we will be looking at colleges next year, and soon enough, he will be out in the world on his own. I started teaching him how to do laundry last week. He is a good kid, but like all teenagers, sometimes he makes me a little crazy. I know I’m not the only mom who feels that way.

And yet it is interesting. There are definitely days when I can see the man he will become, and I hope that his spouse will appreciate the things that we have taught him. Even more than that, I hope that this place, Coos County, is a place he can come back to, if he chooses. I hope that he can find a good job to take care of his family, and good schools for his kids. I want good roads and bridges, and reasonably priced housing for him to pick from.

It is so odd to think that the work we do now makes a difference in the choices our kids have in twenty years. Will we invest the time, energy, and resources into making this a place that will continue to grow and thrive after we are gone?

And more importantly, what keeps you awake at night? Tell me. I want to know.

2 thoughts on “What’s On Your Mind?

  1. Joe Neill

    I am most concerned about your opponent Rod Taylor. I see lots of his political signs. I don’t know him well but am aware he has connections to the far right. He is vocal and has a talk show. I understand he fraternizes with the Proud Boys, Patriot Prayers and denies Donald Trump won second place. He admitted to attending the January 6th stop the steal rally with 14 others from Bandon. I know their is a dark history of hate in Southern Oregon. As a business owner I try to maintain an apolitical position. I want to see you continue as County Commissioner position 3.

    1. melissacribbins Post author

      Thank you so much, Joe. I appreciate your position as a business owner, and I can empathize with you. I appreciate your willingness to reach out to me! Please let me know if you decide you would like a sign.


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