This is Boerne…you never know

A sad but undeterred mother stood on the driveway of her adult daughter’s burned down home. As she picked up some pieces and contemplated the road ahead, she surmised, “This is Boerne. You never know what might happen.”

She wasn’t talking about the tragedy that happened last week at 123 Becker Street on the north end of town. She was talking about the recovery.

By the time I showed up with shovel and wheelbarrow to help with the clean up, Boerne ISD bond contractor Bartlett-Cocke already volunteered to demolish and haul off the totaled structure. An architect donated his services to draw new plans. Several homebuilders expressed a desire to help.

The displaced family of six relocated temporarily to one of the last available 3-bedroom apartments in Boerne. The fire department donated a couple of beds. A thrift store donated a sofa. A random stranger gave a check for $500. A neighbor brought over a dozen eggs. All in less than a week. Yes, this is Boerne.

It is a unique sensation to live in a place so generous. Some people are generous because they can be. Others are generous because they choose to be. Either way, Boerne has a heritage of generosity.

I once heard a civic leader count more than fifty active non-profit capital campaigns in Kendall County. That’s not normal. That’s Boerne.

The persevering mother is confident in her daughter’s ability to fight back.

“We’ll be okay. We come from a very tough family. My mother lived to be 95 years old and only needed one medication.”

Judging by the matriarch’s perspective, I suspect the family will fight back.

“We’re really just thankful everyone made it out alive. The fire department expected casualties when they arrived. They did a very good job. The fire didn’t touch the houses on either side.”

A correlation exists among gratefulness and toughness and longevity.

A correlation also exists between generosity and desirability. Throughout our nation’s history, immigrants have come in droves in part because of the generosity within our DNA.

The same could be said about Boerne. People want to move here in part because our citizens are willing to give their time and wealth to make this a great place to live.

One truth about life is that the tables are always turning. Prosperity one day can turn – on a dime – into disaster the next. You never know when it will be your turn to need. That’s as good a reason as any to give.

If you would like to contribute to the family of 123 Becker, go to So far, 83 people have given a total of $10,525. The donation site has been shared 277 times on social media. This is Boerne.

Disasters often strike at the worst possible times, such as two weeks before Thanksgiving. But bad timing can bring people together in good ways. What better time to express gratitude for the gifts we’ve received than to pay them forward to those who need?


Kevin Thompson writes weekly for The Boerne Star. Follow him at Email him at

2 Responses to “This is Boerne…you never know”

  1. 1 Brandi Egli November 20, 2014 at 23:08

    Kevin, you are the best!

  2. 2 Cindy Brockwell November 21, 2014 at 08:57

    Churches are pitching in…First Baptist notified everyone, and Sunday School classes are at work on it.  Boerne has always been an amazing community filled with compassionate folks who give from the heart.  Great column. cindy  “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 NLT)

    From: Kevin Thompson To: Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 9:53 PM Subject: [New post] This is Boerne…you never know #yiv8021116709 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv8021116709 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv8021116709 a.yiv8021116709primaryactionlink:link, #yiv8021116709 a.yiv8021116709primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv8021116709 a.yiv8021116709primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv8021116709 a.yiv8021116709primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv8021116709 | Kevin Thompson posted: “A sad but undeterred mother stood on the driveway of her adult daughter’s burned down home. As she picked up some pieces and contemplated the road ahead, she surmised, “This is Boerne. You never know what might happen.”She wasn’t talking about the tra” | |

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