Let’s start a daffodil chain, strung together with appreciation for those in town who keep showing up to ensure Squamish doesn’t grind to a halt during this pandemic.
Doctors, nurses, paramedics, police and firefighters rightly get bouquets of kudos for literally saving our lives, but others deserve a blossom or two as well.
Local cleaners, for example, who disinfect our schools, workplaces, hospital, and homes — to them, we offer gloves and buckets full of daffodils.
To the staff at grocery, drug and liquor stores, who did not sign up for the crazy that has been the last few weeks, we extend to you reusable bags full of fresh daffodils.
To fast food, restaurant workers and delivery drivers who allow us to get a break from making meals — we hold out takeout containers full of daffodils to thank you.
To the truckers who bring up supplies to fill our stores and restaurants, wheels full of daffodils to you.
And grateful daffodil buds that will soon bloom to therapists who find a way to reach their patients and calm frayed nerves, in spite of it all.
To the teachers and childcare workers who are going to keep educating our kids, in whatever way they can, we offer notebooks full of daffodils.
To those who continue to care for our furry friends, we raise a paw and release a bark along with our daffodils of thank you.
To the movers, repair people and construction crews who make our homes a haven during this difficult time, we offer tool belts full of daffodils to you.
To the frontline workers who continue to make sure there is shelter and food for locals who lack both, or who are escaping violence, we see you and we offer you vases shaped like hearts full of daffodils to share.
To the funeral home staff that continues to comfort during the darkest of times, we offer you daffodil corsages and boutonnieres to carry with you.
To the sanitation and District of Squamish workers who keep the garbage picked up, trails open and the toilets flushing, we thank you with potted daffodils to take home.
To the mail carriers keeping the packages and letters coming, we see you and we thank you with envelopes full of daffodils.
And to our leaders who are kept up nights trying to find a way through this that is best for all and not too 0painful for any, we thank you with daffodil seeds that will bloom to show your efforts were worth it.
Because of all of you, we will get through this, Squamish. Thank you.
Let’s keep this grateful daffodil chain going, send us a daffodil for next week’s paper thanking anyone we forgot at firstname.lastname@example.org.