The leaves have fallen, the temperature has dropped, and the days have grown short. It is once again Thanksgiving.
We know that this year’s Thanksgiving is going to look a lot different than years past. We now need to think about things like social distancing, face masks, and hand sanitizer. This year’s holidays also present some hard decisions for families as they weigh the choice to gather, or not to gather, and the complications those choices might bring.
But even though 2020 has been, in so many ways, a most challenging year, it’s still shown us how good this world can be when communities come together to lift each other up, and it’s reminded us how much we really have to be thankful for.
We’re thankful for the essential workers who’ve kept our community going and our world turning: the health care providers, caregivers, first responders, educators, farmers, postal workers, grocery clerks, construction workers, mechanics, restaurant and retail workers, and so many other essential workers who have given their time and risked their health.
We’re thankful for the volunteers in our community who’ve continued to provide services to those who need it most during these challenging times, including those who need services to address homelessness, hunger, domestic violence, mental health, discrimination, and education.
We’re thankful for the scientists and the researchers who’ve taken on the difficult task of guiding us during this pandemic, and who’ve worked tirelessly to develop promising vaccines.
We’re thankful for our continuing partnerships with our clients who put their trust in our firm, and we never forget it is a privilege to face challenges and to find solutions together.
We’re thankful for our families, friends, and colleagues who have been a constant source of support through this difficult year.
And finally, we’re thankful for Neil McCarty, who founded our firm as a sole practitioner in Kaukauna in 1949. Neil taught us values that the firm still has at the core of our culture: be respectful, listen, and explain so the client understands and is your partner. He started a true partnership where we all work together to the best of our abilities for the good of the client, in areas of law that we enjoy. Because of Neil, McCarty Law is a team. Neil passed away on November 12, 2020. We’re thankful to be a part of his legacy.
From all of us at McCarty Law, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.