heros among us

Lions Club Award Dinner

The Professor and I crack up most days when we catch each other, or even better, when we JOIN each other in singing some children’s program theme song.  In our home it is typically from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Doc McStuffins, or Higglytown Heroes. We know the melodies … and most of the words.  Our whole family erupts into a chorus that ends in giggles as we acknowledge, “This is what it has come to…”  We recall days of riding along Route 97 in the jeep, windows down, Keith Urban serenading us with “Who Wouldn’t Want to Be Me?”

OK – Enough … Let’s stay with the Higglytown Heroes for the  moment.  The premise of the show is pretty straight forward: Everyone is a hero.  Higglytown Heroes have ranged from firefighters to dentists to snow plow operators to bakers.  “The series encourages involvement in the community, and means to inspire children to consider the importance of individuals who contribute to the world and make it a better place.”  {Higglytown Heroes website}

This is the kind of hero I want Ian to aspire to; a regular, thinking beyond themselves, unassuming kind of person.  I am so lucky to meet these kind of heroes every day. Where we live, in Bethel, we have many heroes.  This past Sunday we attended the Bethel Lions Club dinner to celebrate Dad aka Pop Pop and to some Al, to others Funzi, who was receiving Lion of the Year.  Along with his award, John and Rose Bogaert were honored as Citizens of the Year.  Among their collective contributions – fundraising, sight and hearing programs, volunteering for food pantries.  The lists went on and on.  I remember Rose, (to me, always Mrs. Bogaert) as the leader of my girl scout troop.

What would we do, in our community, without volunteers like John, Rose and Al?  I hope we thank them again and again.


falling in love with autumn

Autumn is here.  The calendar marked it for us two weeks ago and Mother Nature is reminding us with the chilled rain that has showered the colors of fall. I LOVE this time of year for so many reasons.

  • the crisp air that awakens the senses and makes everything seem more vibrant;
  • the colors that accent the skyline and the view of corn fields turned autumn gold;
  • the sound of Mr. Michel’s tractor cutting the corn and the red winged blackbirds taking flight;
  • the comfort of a favorite pair of thermals, flannel shirt or sweater that reemerges for the season;
  • warm apple cider and soup made from the last of the garden’s harvest;
  • a nice cabernet after a day’s outing;
  • the smell of leaves as they begin to decay or of a woodstove that is burned for the first time of the season;
  • apples and pumpkins;
  • and now… late afternoon or early evening walks with the Professor and Ian!