Saturday, May 2, 2009

A Night For Galoshes

Rain, Rain, Go Away
Come Again Another Day.
This request fell on deaf ears,drowned out by clashing thunders. The rain god seemed intent on washing away the City. But that downpour did not stop the adventurous women club members, neither was their spirit dampened. As they trickled in one by one, their face seemed to say "I am glad to be here."

Today we are eating cuisine from South of the Border. The group seemed the same, give or take a few souls who could not make it and we gained a few new guests. This small gathering brought together old colleagues, separated for one reason or the other, who reveled in their reunion, determined to stay in touch from hereon.Everyone seemed vibrant and upbeat, ready to tackle a menu that went far beyond tacos.

With our orders in place I took the opportunity to update the group on all that had transpired since our last gathering in February, 2009. A portfolio with thank-you notes and photo from the recipients of our gifts of joy was passed from table to table, so that they who helped to make CHOOSE TO CARE projects possible were able to have some sort of connection with the fruit of their labor.

Tonight May 1, 2009 was the night that I introduced the orphanage in Nassau, Bahamas, our next commitment. Two years ago when I began to 'dream' about these journeys, I had no idea where this would take us or even how we would get there. Sure there are roadmaps, but most of these roads are not paved, they are hilly and rough on the soul(sole) and around each bend are endless challenges,which sometimes make you want to throw in the towel. But you have given us so much hope that each step brings us closer in realizing our mission;which is to place a brand new pair of shoes on the feet of children and young adults and a smile on their faces. We are not quite there yet but we keep trekking on this long but hopeful road ahead.

Congratulations to the winner of the golden shoe charm. Each time you wear this charm it symbolizes your commitment to support our mission. We ate, we talked, we giggled like schoolgirls and another night had ended on an upbeat note. As I stepped out into the night, I looked up at the sky, there was barely a drizzle now. I walked away sans umbrella, and as I inhaled the fresh air, my mind was cleared of any lingering roadblocks. I am already planning the next shindig and poised to "draw blood from a stone" if I must, to accomplish our goals. Thank you for your steadfast support and all you have done in your own special way.

"I slept and dreamt that life was joy
I woke and saw that life was service
I acted and behold, service was joy."
Rabindranath Tagore

Yes my friends,together we can help. Stay Tune!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Way to go Paulette. A marathon starts with small steps.
-Meena Shah