Monday, February 15, 2010

The Morning after the Night Before

Happy day after Valentine's Day! I hope you had a day filled with love and laughter.

I am sitting at my desk, watching the snow gently fall on a chilly Berkshire morning. Our friend Jim is asleep upstairs in the spare bedroom and Ken is still sleeping in ours. My mom is watching TV in her room and she is probably asleep as well. The house is quiet and even the cats and dogs seem to be in 'mellow mode'. It's lovely.

Yesterday was a wonderful day from beginning to end. Jim arrived around 11:15 and the 3 of us drove to Lee. We had lunch at Bombay with our friends, as we do on the second Sunday of every month. It's wonderful to have a standing plan with good friends. We all schedule our calendars around '2nd Sunday'. We have a core group of 5 and usually have 8 - 10 people on any given Sunday.

We realized yesterday, that we are going on three years. We have celebrated births, and mourned losses. We have been through surgeries and hospital stays. We have shared stories of our vacations and travels and triumphs. We have gained and lost weight. We have watched the lake freeze and thaw, and freeze again. Mostly, we have enjoyed and appreciated the cycle of life, love and friendship. It's a wonderful day to look forward to each month and I hope we continue to do this for years to come.

The evening brought a very special event. Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion put together a Concert for Loved Ones in Haiti. There was music in the lobby of the Colonial Theatre before the show featuring our dear friend Chris Merenda who was the M.C. as well as part of the entertainment. The show itself featured wonderful artists and a great time was had by all. The Alchemy Initiative put together a silent auction in the lobby before the show. My understanding is the event raised over 20,000 dollars that will be donated to the United Nation's Central Emergency Response Fund. It is never too late to make a donation.

I could give you the play by play of all the wonderful artists and music but if you really want that information it's easy enough to find. I will just tell you that it was wonderful night of music and love and caring and support. It continues to remind us of the quote by Margaret Mead who said, "Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has."

I will leave you with that thought.

I hope all is good in your world and that you find love in all the little places.
~ Kass

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