Friday, March 4, 2016
make a difference...one petal at a time...
This is the message for me today it has been delivered in a few ways I'd like to share:
1st it was a Facebook video posted by Carol Apacki. How lucky am I to have met and served with Carol in my life on Newark-Granville Road. Although we don't see one another as often as we did during Mission Committee co-chair days I benefit daily- today directly. The video was Michele Obama surprising children and adults working on public and school gardens, learning and excited about feeding themselves, caring for the earth and one another- good stuff. It touched me. Gardening is hard work and matters- one person can make a big difference. One first lady can inspire with visits to inner city schools and engaging with people making a difference- ripple effect!
2nd a NPR story after driving kids to school (which I love now- bonus time with them) http://www.npr.org/2016/03/04/469149247/italian-schoolboy-invents-new-word I LOVE this-it brought me to tears...again! One boy, with the beautiful Italian accent, creates a new word and the linguist from the keepers of dictionaries encourages him- allows him to go through the process-she wants him to learn the lesson that language is fluid, evolving- that is what made me cry. Liberal art education is everywhere!
The quote above came to my mind and ties to this new word- petaloso! Our acts unite like a petal on a flower-together, petaloso (filled with petals) they unite to make a flower, bring beauty to the world and keep things moving. Flowers play a key role in the life of a plant- each petal matters.
These are the stories I carry with me off of Newark-Granville road today. An exciting day filled with special opportunities- I can't wait! And I look forward to sharing with you and reflecting on how it all connects and ties together.