Tonight's picture was taken in August of 2007 at Zachary's house (Mattie's closest preschool buddy). Sara, who was Zachary's nanny at the time, had a baby, and she brought the baby over for Mattie and Zachary to meet. This was Mattie's first encounter with a baby. It was actually quite interesting to watch two very active boys slow down and be gentle with the baby. Almost as if they knew they had to behave differently. I remember that day so well, as if it were yesterday. Mattie and I were very fond of Sara, and we got to know each other well since we basically spent many preschool days after school together. Those were precious days and times, and I am not sure I realized that at the time.
Quote of the day: It seems the misfortune of one can plow a deeper furrow in the heart than the misfortune of millions. ~ Kirby Larson
Peter and I had a productive day together. We accomplished several Foundation Walk tasks and then we stopped by to see our friend, Christine, who is in charge of Walk registration. Registration is a huge task and requires a lot of organization. We delivered several large boxes today to Christine, and I told her I was moving my warehouse into her house. She is sorting through t-shirts, drawstring bags, and carabiner clips for us and by next week, will have it all organized and ready to distribute at the Walk. I am thrilled to get these items off my hands and into hers. All of Christine's family is helping with registration, and her two little ones are even involved in the process.
While talking with Christine today, her daughter was in the kitchen with us and listening. Ironically both Peter and I had the same reaction. Which was.....Livi, Christine's daughter, reminded us of Mattie. It was how she was listening and taking all the information in, and observing us. You could see she was engaged and processing what was going on, and as Peter said tonight, it caught him by surprise. Because he had to face the fact that he has led two lives, one as a parent, and one as a non-parent.
Later today, we went to Clyde's, which was Mattie's favorite restaurant. As many of our readers know, Clyde's is donating food to the Mattie Miracle Walk. In fact, I am working closely with Rebecca Jacks at Clyde's, who is their executive chef. Rebecca told me yesterday that not only is she going to prepare the food, but she is coming to the walk to actually cook it and serve it herself. So today, when I went to the restaurant, I asked the hostess if Rebecca was working. Rebecca came out from the kitchen and met Peter and I. I told her how much Mattie loved her food and her restaurant and how much her participation meant to us. She is delightful and clearly is passionate about volunteering. She made an impression on me, and when she also gave me dessert today, well she won my heart. I am all about sugar!
I would like to end tonight's posting with a message from my friend and colleague, Lisa, and then with a video clip. Lisa wrote, "I have not read the blog in several days and was amazed to read about all of your accomplishments. Of course you know that I am an outsider looking in, but I feel a certain energy emanating from the blog. What you have and continue to accomplish is beyond noteworthy. It may not matter, but I am so proud of you, Vicki. I don't know if hardy and resilient are the right words but how lucky the world is to have you. Good luck on the 22nd. I hope that you have a turnout that amazes YOU and Peter."
I received this video clip the other day in my inbox. It is a very meaningful video, in which a teacher asks her young students what the seven wonders of the world are. You may be quite surprised by the response. Sometimes children are much wiser than we give them credit for. Enjoy!