I have two teenage boys. This means that Candy Creek Court is also the site of the world famous Mt. Laundry. I swear it never ends. My husband has literally threatened to place my Christmas present at the bottom of the laundry pile because he claims I’d never find it there!
It also means that our home is somewhat magical. Honestly, one day last week my boys and a couple of friends made an entire box of Little Debbie’s Christmas Tree cakes disappear right before my eyes.
But, more than anything, it means we are constantly laughing. The way they look at life is thoroughly entertaining. And, the way they choose to express their observations is pure comedic fodder. My 16 year-old even tweeted last week that his family should have a sitcom. But, I have to admit, the thought of a camera documenting our reality is a bit frightening. So, I just choose to believe that every family is like ours. Every family is like ours. Every family is like ours. Maybe if I keep repeating it, I’ll even start to believe it myself. J
So, it came as no surprise to me that a typical trip to the eye doctor wouldn’t be so typical after all. All-in-all, the doctor visit was fine…the one with braces doesn’t need glasses; the one without braces does. So, $299 later, we stopped by the Foundation office for a quick second before I dropped them back off at school.
Anonymous model donning Garfield's really big hat!
While here, they got to witness a once in a lifetime event. I’m sure you all remember the AmAzInG grant that the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau gave us to create Garfield Garden earlier this year. Well, what you might not know is that the keystone of the garden just happens to be the 12th Garfield to join the Garfield Trail here in Grant County. And, you just have to celebrate the 12th Garfield on 12-12-12, right? So, combine Sherri’s stellar sewing skills with Ashley’s willingness to climb atop a very tall ladder and, ba-da-bing-ba-da-boom, you have Garfield Santa.
I certainly hope you’ll drive by Garfield Garden at 4th and Race Streets to see the merriment. It might just be the most cat-tastic thing I’ve ever seen.
After the big reveal, the back-to-school car conversation went something like this:
Son #1: “Mom, the Community Foundation of Grant County has to be the most ‘action-packed’ of all community foundations.”
Me: “Well, you might be right about that.”
Son #2: “Seriously, you’re like ‘Community Foundation EXTREME’!”
Me: “Oh, yeah, that’s us.” (laughing all the way)
Son #2: “I mean really…if I ever made a commercial for you guys it would look like this. First the screen would say ‘Community Foundation of Grant County’. Then a sweet little girl would appear on the screen. Then she would quickly be replaced by a huge muscular guy. And, then a giant rubber stamp would fill the screen with the word EXTREME.”
Son #1: “Really, Mom, I didn’t know anyone could love working at a charity so much.”
That’s when I experienced the perfect ‘mom moment’. Without fabricating a scenario, I truly got to teach my own kids how important your life’s work is. How vital it is to give back to others, how it fills my heart to know that each day we get to help students go to college or non-profits meet their respective missions. How every dollar donated is first invested to grow it; then invested in people…classmates, neighbors, strangers we pass while shopping at Wal-Mart. Although this career might not appear on the Fortune 500 list, building an endowment for our community is important work. And, I love it.
I don’t think I truly knew how much I really loved it until that moment in the car. They went to the eye doctor and I began to see things more clearly. Funny how life works, isn’t it?