Within my local community there are several changes taking place. Madison School, the school I attended through my K-6 years is in the process of being torn down. There were portions of the building that were in need of repair in the 1970's, so I'm not really surprised that it is coming down.
On the other side of the coin, there are many memories that I have tied to that building. Several of my classmates have stated publicly that it should not be taken down. I am thinking the strong feelings of saving this building are tied to the awesome teachers and classmates that we all had while attending this school. Change happens and we move on. I will admit, my stomach churned a little this morning when I saw pictures on social media of parts of the building in shambles. But you know what? I am moving on and I would encourage my classmates to do the same thing. By keeping our friendships alive, Madison school lives on! Mrs. Clifford was the one that we adored right? It wasn't the bricks, it was her personality and the traits that made Madison School special.
And then we have a mall in our town that is losing an anchor store, JC Penney. Now, think about it. In all reality, how many malls across the country are thriving? Sadly there aren't many.
We all shop online and we truly live in a different time. I'd love to think that JC Penney will live forever, but reality tells me it won't. I do believe that malls will continue to exist, but not in the traditional ways we think of them. For those malls that remain standing, I see them as community centers. I'd love to see a workspace with computers in an empty space in a local mall. There are many people that work from home that would love to venture out a couple days a week to work around like minded people.Think about that- wouldn't that be fun?
I love all that Iowa, specifically North Iowa, has to offer and my wish is that my neighbors will embrace the changes and make our little area a little better. Good things happen when good people embrace change. It takes people that are willing to step up and work alongside others.
My challenge to you, my friends, is to go out and be the positive face of change in your community. If you have always wanted to start a business or take on a new job, make it happen! It's up to you to move forward and accept the changes that come your way. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?