I am the father of a three year old boy. We don’t watch a lot of television in the house, but one of his favorite shows is Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. It’s an animated reimagining of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood that focuses entirely on the characters in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. If you’re the parent of a small child I strongly recommend it.
I’ve encouraged my son’s enthusiasm for the show, because like many programs on PBS, it is wholesome, educational, and entertaining. The show teaches important life lessons through short songs that you can repeat back to your toddler. I’ve found these little ditties to be invaluable tools to ward off a toddler meltdown, but they’ve also invaded my adult life.
One jingle I can’t get out of my head today is, “That was fun, but now it’s done.” It’s a good lesson to remember no matter your take on the election. Whether you were like me and are reveling in an extremely interesting cycle or if you were frustrated and turned off by tenor of the election. No matter if your candidates won or lost, we should all remember, “That was fun, but now it’s done.”
The election is over, and now begins the process of governing. To the incumbents that retained your seats, we look forward to working with you further. To the newly elected candidates, we offer our hearty congratulations to you, and we hope to partner with you soon.
There are serious challenges facing our country, state, and region, but we will stay focused on our mission. We will support our Member businesses and we will continue to work for a more prosperous tomorrow. I hope you’ll join us.