We're thankful for every day, everyday things

August 30, 2012 

Day after day eventually turns into year after year, and pretty soon you've got a whole life. Everyday decisions by each of us leave their mark on others.

Ruff's closes

It's impressive someone can keep a business going for 35 years. Maybe we're suffering from a touch of nostalgia, but we hate to see Ruff's Giant Burgers close its doors.

Yes, another restaurant will take it's place. And the food likely will be good. And the people of the Tri-Cities will be well fed.

But it's still a little sad to let go of something that has been a part of the community for so long.

We wish Duane Ruff well in his new endeavors and are looking forward to some great Mexican food coming from his old digs on Clearwater in Kennewick.

Welcome routine

Thousands of kids started school this week in the Mid-Columbia. We're glad to see that Emilia Pocasangre is one of them.

After missing most of kindergarten last year because of a rare tumor, she's looking forward to being just a regular kid and doing regular kid stuff.

It's strange, but we don't appreciate the mundane aspects of our life. However once those routines are disrupted, it's very comforting to get them back.

We're also glad to see her older brother Brandon settling into a routine. He was separated from his family for most of his senior year while his parents were in Seattle with Emilia for treatment.

Here's to the mundane.

Grandma goalie

It sounds like it might have been a coincidence that Hope Solo's grandma was asked to star in a short film titled Goal.

Perhaps natural soccer ability runs in the family. Or perhaps, as the director put it, Alice Shaw has "done so much living."

Either way, it's fun for the Tri-Cities to have one more claim to fame.

So while Hope is signing copies of her new memoir, Alice may have to be giving out autographs as well.

Mercy nurses

We are inspired by people who are willing to share their time and talents with others. It's especially impressive when they do so on their own dime.

While you don't have to go to Africa to find a place to serve, Kennewick High graduate, Emily (Creek) McHenry and her husband, Patrick, are doing exactly that.

They have raised enough money to pay their room and board for four months on Africa Mercy, a floating hospital anchored in Guinea.

They will be volunteering as surgical nurses.

We are certain that the patients this young couple serve will be better off, and that the additional beneficiaries will be the couple themselves.

What a wonderful way to start a new life together.

Tri-City Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service