I focus on having fun no matter what I am doing. I practice happiness and joy so that it’s simply a part of who I am. One Volunteer and I were discussing how there seems to be little effort in focus and in so many areas. It was a most interesting conversation.
I will be at The Park all day and I intend to make it a fun day, as usual. I had the best time at The Park yesterday and got to meet Guests from Virginia, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas, Iowa, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Illinois. One couple, who had joined other couples from around Chicago, was from Bartlett, Illinois where my friend and Lincoln colleague, Valerie Gugala, and her husband, Brian, live. I love the Guests’ stories about Dayton that they freely share and how proud they are of what their families brought to Dayton’s story.
It’s cold this morning. 42 degrees is chilly and we’re only to climb 22 more degrees to top off this day.
I am loving the long days at The Park because I am enjoying The Guests, getting to have lunch with Deanna who is well known as the School Marm in the schoolhouse, and plowing through the memories of Volunteers who offer so much of their own story and passion to what they share, Some of the Volunteers worked at McCall’s, NCR, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and so many other legendary businesses.
The downside is being away from The Quartet for such large chunks of time. Right now, Erma, Bailey, and Harrigan are near me in the study and Chief is lounging on the deck, unbothered by the cooler temperature. I’m also trying to find my groove of balancing home life needs and tasks. I do the very basics and fall asleep. I use so much energy working with The Guests, much like I once did in the classroom or on stage. The Park is it’s own stage and since I’m in The Atrium, the heart of it all, I’m constantly on stage. Sometimes, while eating my lunch outside The Atrium doors to look out over the bowling green, I find myself still on stage as Guests pass by, often stopping to chat.
It’s time to shower, dress, pack my prepped lunch, and move across the street to the bus stop so I can make it a great day!