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Column: Wisconsin pride shines through delay

10:04 AM, Jan. 15, 2013  |  Comments
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I love the holidays. I love having both of my children home and in the nest again. My son, Matt, lives in New York City, and my daughter, Kate, goes to graduate school in Baltimore. They don't get to come home very often, but they always have been able to come home at Christmas.

Kate was coming home for her Christmas break the day after our last record-breaking snow storm. Luck would have it I had bought her a ticket to fly into Madison, the area that had the highest snow total in Wisconsin. She arrived at the Washington, D.C., airport two hours ahead of her scheduled flight time. It gave her enough time to get through security, get a couple of magazines, and to settle in at her gate and start to relax after a week of finals.

As the boarding time approached, the screen was updated to DELAYED. She texted me this news. I was understanding, having heard that many flights had been canceled the day before, I knew things might be backed up.

Then she called and said her flight was CANCELED. She said the airlines told her that they wouldn't be able to get her home until after Christmas.

This just wouldn't do. I wanted her home, and home she would be. I frantically searched the Internet for a flight, a train or a bus (visions of John Candy and Steve Martin in "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" was playing in my head) but all were booked.

People from her flight were all Wisconsinites heading home for the holidays. Many were dressed in Packers gear, head to toe. They didn't yell, shout or give the airline personnel a hard time. Instead, in pure Wisconsin fashion, they waited quietly in line, exclaiming, "Geez ... they just gotta make this right ..." And right they did. The ended up flying into Madison the next day, and all was well.

That same Wisconsin spirit is alive and well here in Marshfield. We disagree, we are assertive when we think we are wronged, but we respect others and try to live by the nine tools of Speak Your Peace.

Speak Your Peace is catching on here in Marshfield. We have more than 40 trained facilitators, we have talked to almost 500 people about the initiative, and many local groups and businesses have adopted the resolution. (Columbus Catholic Schools, Staab Construction and Kiwanis to cite a few.)

If you, your business or church group would like to learn more, please contact us. This same civility, this idea of people respecting others, forms the backbone of our mission here at the Marshfield Area Community Foundation. And it is truly something we Wisconsinites can be proud of.

Amber Leifheit is the executive director of the Marshfield Area Community Foundation. Her column appears monthly in the News-Herald. She can be reached at 715-384-9029 or by email amber@marshfieldareacommunityfoundation.org.

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