Went to the Newsmakers Banquet tonight and watched people honored for their amazing efforts, including a housewife and mother who mortgaged her house, got a huge truck, filled it with donations of diapers and formula and other baby supplies and drove it to the Astrodome in Houston last September. Another woman quit her job with the city when her supervisor wouldn't allow her to go to New Orleans to help out, and now she's been rehired by the water bureau after two stints of helping out at the N.O. crisis center. (Our water bureau crews spent 60 days working in New Orleans last fall.)
One young girl saved her teacher's life. Another man who had his son murdered went out to the community and convinced his friends not to seek street justice but to help him find the man who shot him and the one who sold him the gun.
It was a long evening but a good one. The only slightly negative thing was when I accidentally took a few bites of my dessert, forgetting I gave up sweets for Lent. I got a clue when the tall glass suddenly fell over (a Divine Sign, I guess).
I was a tad stressed today. When my E.D. started in on me around 6:00 p.m. about one of the events we sanction, I finally told him to send me an email and drop the subject because my head was about to pop.
We had a great meeting with the director at the Dept. of Transportation today, though, and it left me feeling somewhat settled and satisfied about all the issues we're having with construction projects. (Wow. Who would want that job? It made me doubly thankful to have the one I do.)
And I guess we may be getting a new kitty.
And an old friend died last night, someone we had unfortunately lost contact with but at one time was my mixed doubles partner. I feel pretty numb about it.
One final note: Hingis continues her amazing run and Roddick continues his unfortunate slump.
I hope you never lose your sense of wonder, You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger, May you never take one single breath for granted, God forbid love ever leave you empty handed, I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean, Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens, Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance, and when you get the chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance!
I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance, Never settle for the path of least resistance, Living might mean taking chances, but they're worth taking, Loving might be a mistake, but it's worth making, Don't let some hell-bent heart leave you bitter, When you come close to selling out, reconsider, Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance, And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance!