Just a quick post today to say New York was amazing.
Beza and I spoke at the Rollstone Foundation gala on Long Island. Rollstone provides adoption grants to families adopting children with special needs (families must be matched with a child prior to applying).
Beza was truly incredible. She gave an inspiring and beautiful speech, touching the hearts of everyone attending the event.
I overheard a woman tell her, “At most events with this many attorneys, we can never get everyone to be quiet so we can hear the speaker; but when you were talking, you could have heard a pin drop in the back of the room.”
Sharing your story is powerful for the speaker and the listener. There is something beautiful about raw truth. Beza didn’t sugar-coat her life, nor did she exaggerate it – she told it like it was, and it was enough.
One side note, the people we met were so warm and kind. The vast majority of them greeted us with a kiss on the cheek. I’m a hugger, but why not add a kiss on the cheek? I think I will incorporate cheek-kissing into my life.
Thursday was spent in the city. We took a Circle boat tour so Beza could see the Statue of Liberty. Years ago, when we lived in Ithaca, we took our three young children to see the Statue of Liberty. Back then we could climb the stairs to the crown.
The highlight of our day was seeing Wicked. It was amazing – honestly, just incredible. I would go on and on, but I know it’s kind of annoying to everyone except the person telling how amazing it was.
Friday was restful and filled with good food and people. Saturday we traveled home. Sunday was a mix of family and the pain of re-entry into life.
Today, well, I’m still making the week’s to-do list while jumping from one urgent task to another. Wogauyu got sick at school which added a little twist to the day.
I hope this week settles into some sort of normal.
Thanks for following our trip on Instagram. It’s been fun seeing comments and experimenting with “my story.” I’m still not quite sure what I think of it, but it’s kind of fun, and it’s a whole lot easier than blogging! But then again, I have a lot to say sometimes (which you’ve probably noticed).
Have a great start to your week, friend.