We're thinking today of all the ways we are connected to each other in this community -- physically and otherwise.
Sometimes it is an actual road that brings us together, and sometimes it is an ideal or a project.
Frequently, that connectedness is within the Mid-Columbia, but often it extends around the country or even the world.
Without a doubt, we are better for those bonds of support.
George Washington Way work
We're grateful for roads that connect us to each other. Richland's George Washington Way has been under construction for most of the summer.
As a rule, people don't spend a lot of time being thankful for things that function the way they should, but now and again we get a reminder of what we should appreciate -- and why.
Even on good days, George Washington Way is a stretch of road people love to complain about, especially during the Hanford commute.
But it's unwarranted.
The truth is, traffic runs pretty smoothly, especially considering the volume of people getting from one end of town to the other every day.
So, yeah, we're ready for this major route to be put back together. But having this piece of road under construction for the past few months, reminds of how glad we are to have a dependable network of transportation.
Although the sports season lasts year-round, the approach of fall seems especially full of athletic competition. People from different schools who seem to get along fairly well the rest of the time get a little crazy on a Friday night ... at, say, Lampson Field or Edgar Brown Stadium or Fran Rish.
But seeing your school's rival across the field sure gives you (and a couple of thousand of your closest friends) something to agree on.
Two stories on the same page of Saturday's paper remind us of connections we share that are less tangible than a road but every bit as important.
One was about a Labor Day rally designed to make women aware of birth options. Aside from the chuckle we got about this particular rally being held on Labor Day -- a holiday that typically recognizes a different type of labor -- we see a connection between women of all walks of life and across the generations.
Giving birth is as universal, yet individual, as an experience can be. Woman have been doing it for, let's just say a very long time.
On the same page, there was an announcement for an Interfaith Vigil for Peace and Nonviolence, designed to bring together people of different religions to pray for a common cause.
This coming together is especially poignant in the wake of recent shootings at the Oak Creek Sikh in Wisconsin.
Connections, in this case prayer for peace, can be a strong cord that bind together even the most unlikely.
And if religion isn't a big enough wedge to divide people, how about politics?
The Republican National Convention just wrapped up, and this week the Democrats are in full gear. We suspect it would take more than prayer, perhaps a miracle or two, to bring these two sides together.
And although all the connections in the world are unlikely to close the gap across the aisle, there's a new unity within the parties. People who were at odds with each other only few months ago can now find a cause to bring them together -- beating the other candidate.
Nothing like a good cause to rally the people.