Monday, May 14, 2012


A belated Mother's Day to all the moms who read my piece of internet real estate. In particular, to my mother (cancer free) who is away on vacation this year.

It was a hectic weekend.

On Saturday, the Virginia Park School Council embarked on it's first ever Mother's Day Lobster Dinner.

A host of community, school and Rotary volunteers cooked, cracked and bagged the lobster, bagged the salads, and loaded them into a rented reefer, late into  the wee hours on Friday.

On Saturday morning, the volunteers were back at it again, preparing for nearly a thousand people to submit tickets and pick-up the lobster dinners at the Virginia Park School and the Mary Queen of the World School on Topsail Road.

As co-chair of the council, I was overwhelmed with the support and the hours punched by volunteers ensuring that this fundraiser was successful. In particular, the yeoman service of teachers, teaching assistants, administrative assistant and the janitorial staff who gave-up so much of their own  time on a weekend.

It is one thing to do your job, day- in and day-out, but to enthusiastically pitch-in to raise funds to ensure students have the best technology, books and access to field trips is above the call of duty. The spirit of volunteerism is alive and well at our school.

On Mother's Day, the boys made Kris breakfast in bed. Liam was all presentation. I cleaned-up the mess and started preparing steak and salads for our afternoon Mother's Day celebration with Kristine, her mom and all of the in-laws.

The most hectic part of the day was the long line-up, in the rain, at Cost Co, waiting to get our propane tank filled. Fortunately, I checked the tank before the crowd arrived.

Mother's Day...
a time for warm thoughts
and fond memories,
for expressing
the feelings and words
that often go unspoken,
for letting
those special people
in our lives know
that they are loved
and appreciated -

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