A warm welcome during a cold week in Oklahoma
I officially moved to Oklahoma on December 30, 2016. In the last week, while the weather has been quite cold at times, the reception I have received from people in our local communities has been very warm and inviting. They say first impressions matter, and I have learned over the years while living in several small towns across the country that my first impressions of a place define my entire stay in a community. So far my first impressions have been very positive.
During my first week on the job I spent the majority of my time in Okeene and Hennessey. While I have not been out to Canton and Seiling yet, I have spoken with people in both communities and have been pleased with their hospitality. Everyone has been exceptionally nice, not only to myself but to other newcomers. One of the stories we have in Hennessey’s paper this week revolves around a family whose son suffers from Legg Calve Perthes disease. Area law enforcement and fire department personnel went out of their way to show the boy and his family, relative newcomers to the area, a very special time. I was impressed with how much effort was put into giving this one small boy a memory that will last a lifetime.
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