Texans, and particularly those in agriculture, will recall 2011 as the year of wildfire and drought, but I hope we also remember the past 12 months as a time of courage and resolve.
When we recall the racing flames that charred 4 million Texas acres, let’s also remember the heroic firefighters who rushed to save all they could. When we recall the punishing heat and drought that crippled our agriculture industry, let’s also remember the warm generosity that flowed from fellow farmers who donated hay and offered helping hands to salvage herds and crops.
Yes, 2011 was a year of unprecedented devastation and loss, but it also was a year that saw Texans helping Texans. Rebuilding will not be easy, but Texans will not back down.
As we welcome 2012, let’s do so with new hope, continued goodwill and thanks for life’s silver linings. Let’s pray for sufficient rain and continue supporting our farmers, firefighters and friendly neighbors who make it their life’s work to protect and provide for us year after year.
Happy New Year, Texas! May you and your family have a blessed 2012.