I had an unique experience Saturday when I, along with about 200 others attended our elementary school reunion. Today a got this email from my brother and I want to share it with you. It has to do with who I am and what I stand for. Enjoy!
June 6, 2010
Sister Dayle, Sister Carye and Brother Bill;
Yesterday, our time at the Patterson Park, Maplewood Elementary classes of the 50’s and 60’s Reunion awakened all that was, is, and will be that made us who we are as we were shaped and formed by the overwhelming goodness that defined our growing up years from Kern Ramble and Vineland Drive which carried us forward into adolescence with the security and comforting strength of a compassionate family and the corresponding strength of a community of true friends enjoyed in a culture, although it had it’s imperfections, (and don’t we all) that nevertheless affirmed us in building our lives upon enduring principles that have never, nor will ever fail those who put their trust in them.
What a wonderful childhood we had! As the four of us stood and had our picture taken together, an inexpressible contentment of joy rushed over and through me as a tidal wave of peaceful completeness filling my soul with pride and gratitude for each of you, for the family and extended family with which God has blessed us. By His amazing grace we are all here, living in compassionate peace with one another, our families and our friends.
Given the opportunity to be reunited for a moment upon the friendships and life experiences through our common bonds of Patterson Park and Maplewood Elementary School, we took advantage of this timely and divinely orchestrated celebration set in the ambiance of past memories regenerated by the present realities as we assembled together in the same place and with the same childhood friends with whom we shared all that was good about growing up as the baby boom generation.
Once again in yesterday’s remembering, reminiscing experience as all of our senses were so stirred and reengaged from being back on the very original stage in the theater of our childhood where the production of who we are was learned as we played each day on this set of shared life experiences as we participated in the scripting of our lives. The joys and dreams of our childhood that so long ago were formed in our hearts, drew us together as adults evidence by the sheer reality of the shared sibling revelry in all that was, is and will forever be that is good, wholesome and reassuring in affirming who we have become individually as the outcome of our shared common grounds.
I am so proud and thankful to God for each of you and for all with which He has so richly blessed and enriched our lives. Thanks for all that you have done with your lives and for perpetuating these blessings to so many others, of which I am one of the most blessed recipients.