First and foremost: to all you dads out there, thanks for everything you do. You are such an integral part of why we are where and what we are. Remember always to hug your kids and tell them you love them.
Second: On Tuesday this week, the local liaison planning committee, the former exec director, the new exec director, the membership chair and I met at the Lodge in Deadwood to preliminary plan the Wizard of Odds--our convention for next May 2 and 3. I can tell you now, you want to reserve those dates. The Lodge is amazing, the food is culinarily stupendous, and the liaison planning committee has already lined up our pre and post convention tours, our program speakers, and has an amazingly firm handle on how to do registration! Rarely have I seen a group of people so dedicated and hard working, determined to make the convention more than memorable. The afternoon programs will knock your socks off, and there will be a surprise or two along the way. The block of rooms reserved for us is available now, and you may access them any time between now and next February. Book early and book often!
Finally: You need to be reminded of the impact you continue to have. You taught the children. You changed the world. And you continue to do so. For that, know how thankful we are, and how much you are loved!
In a week that could be called anything but ordinary, perhaps ordinary is where we should start. Ordinarily, I would begin by reminding you of your import to our organization, to your unit, and to your community. Ordinarily, I would then segue into a request for the units that haven't submitted their executive roster to do so. Ordinarily, I would remind you to check the calendar and mark the dates of our upcoming events. Ordinarily, I would then remind you that you are loved! However...this was a week marked by non ordinary events in our lives, and I think they warrant consideration.
One of our members (who happens to be related to me by mutual parental units) had some medical issues that frightened us all. I'm pleased to announce that she is home and doing well, but it reminded me how important it is to take care of us! And, how important it is to thank those that do when we can't. The medical professionals who give of their time and wisdom are amazing--and we taught them!
A very good friend of mine has a saying--according to her, "Motion is Lotion!" The more we move, the more we can move. I LOVE the concept. And since I am at times uni-purposed, why not apply that lotion by planning to join us next May in Deadwood? We will be meeting with the convention steering committee and Carmella on Tuesday to preliminarily set things up, and we would LOVE to have you see the results of that meeting because you are not ordinary...you're extraordinary! And you are LOVED!
And as an "extra" added attraction--A not so ordinary lily!
And so it begins--a page of eclectic thoughts and images to share with anyone that cares--or stumbles across it by accident. For those of you who don't know me, suffice it to say, Pollyanna has nothing on me. For some reason, it's never difficult to find the good side of an issue or the positive result of an action. Or in some cases, just the positive juxtaposition of time and presence. There will be no consistency to publication (or for that matter, thoughts while typing!). It's just a way to remind you that you are an important part of the universe and my life.
Today, it's a flowering shrub--like the students with whom we dealt, it demonstrates the potential beauty and the strength of nature when they coincide. Have an amazing June and remember always you are loved!
Sometimes, the spirit moves me. A thought--an image--a person...all have tendencies to scream for publication. And what better way than on a page for retired school personnel! For me, an outlet. Hopefully for you, a diversion. As you visit, feel free to respond! And always know you are loved!