Friday, December 14, 2007
Our college hosted its annual Christmas luncheon for the entire staff and faculty yesterday. Almost 200 people in one room (not all attended), listened to the chorus sing Christmas carols, enjoyed a terrific meal, recognized service and awards and relished in the end of a long, challenging year. In my office, I exchanged gifts with my beloved staff, coming to tears so many times with their generosity and kindness. I left for home yesterday with a heart filled with thanksgiving for the many gifts we received this year (funds, building, grants, new staff)-- and for me, after six long, laborious, difficult years of struggle toward acquiring the funds and people truly needed to get the work done as expected, ever more thankful to see those needed buildings, plants and most importantly, PEOPLE, finally coming together -- in a most cooperative, enthusiastic way. I left with a lighter heart than I've had (workwise) in many a year. I took some time to thank my VP who has been most responsible for supporting this project and for helping me find the funds so desperately needed to make the Arboretum a reality. And though we've yet a long way to go -- we finally have enough 'on the ground' to begin to see a ray of hope for its actual implementation before my retirement! LOL
So, I "pa rum pa pum pum" my thanks on this, Rebecca's little drum ornament. And like the Little Drummer Boy, sing my praises of thanksgiving ....