Location: Palm Beach County, Florida, United States

Recently have been told I look like Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island. I hadn't heard that in years, but that is a good place to start as to what I look like, although she had a better bod. I have three boys and have been married for 13 years. Born of a Navy family, in Hawaii, one Mom, one Dad, one sister and one brother. The eldest of three children. BS in Applied Mathematics. Consider Pensacola my home town although I moved every 2-3 years of my life growing up. Currently work in the aerospace industry in an engineering position while being a Mom. Of Celtic heritage and very proud of it.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

It's Good to be an American...

This afternoon, our school held a big picnic. It was an effort to get everyone together, teachers, parents, and kids… as we’re all separated at the different schools now. (New readers, our school was destroyed during both hurricanes.) We had the best time. Someone donated the hot dogs and hamburgers, we had sold T-shirts to the event and made enough money to pay for a big tent… biggest tent I’d ever seen. Everyone brought either a dessert or salad… based on the first letter of your last name. There were basketball games, soccer games, tag, you name it… the kids were playing it. At the end, the boys were throwing cups of ice water at the girls and when the girls gave up, resorted to emptying the coolers on one another. Parents were sitting around talking. It felt like the 4th of July. It was almost surreal. I sat back watching everyone saying to myself, “Damn it is good to be an American”.

They announced that we are in fact going to get a new school. We’ll be temporarily fixing up our old school to house the kids, as we build our new one that could take a couple years. The community has embraced our little school and a man our Parish Priest did not know, a man from Chicago, came by to see him and told him he wanted to help, then pressed a check in his hand for A LOT of money. Father came by to tell me (he calls me Madam Treasurer) and you could tell he was so touched. He said, “Even at my age, I am constantly amazed at the kindness of others.” Our little Catholic Church has been there for so long… our little Parish School has been such a staple of the community, that people within the community… Non-Catholics, have been reaching out to help us.

It warms my heart. It was an uplifting day, full of hope. Between seeing our friends over the last 24 hours and then attending the school picnic, or as it was dubbed, ‘the family reunion’, it was a most excellent weekend.


Blogger Christina said...

Renews our faith in God, life, and our fellow man, doesn't it?

Thanks for sharing.


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