And just like that, “A Carillon Christmas 2022” has ended.
I spent 31 days in The Roundhouse Cafe for a total of 36 days of the entire festival. There was a little tug as I looked back upon leaving but what an experience I had. I was blessed with some terrific crew members, Volunteers, and Guests who truly made me laugh and enjoy life a little more. It was a terrific experience, too, to see families and friends enjoying their time at The Park.
Tonight, I was so lucky to work again with a regular staff member, Mary Linzmeier, and our brother and sister team from Beavercreek High School, Doris, and Jason. The rain held off until around 8:30 PM and as the crowds slowed down, we began packing up all the food items to the stock area. The cafe is in great shape, and ready for the deep cleaning next week.
My friend, Jim Beard, arrived and I got to spend some time with him.
The train operators passed by to bid farewell, and then it was time to leave.
I could not have done as much as I did without the capable Canine Crew of Beck Melin, Ian Melin, Daniel Breslin, Stephanie Mraz, and Ian Wintrow who faithfully attended to The Quartet with a small evening snack and a potty break. They were super! Mama Kay pinched hit several times, and if we went to lunch, drove me on over to The Park. I was incredibly blessed throughout the festival and I truly appreciate this crew.
My Monday students were kind enough to split up into Sundays and Tuesdays to accommodate me an additional day at The Park, making it a full five days. They were troopers and I appreciate their willingness to temporarily reschedule their lessons.
My London-based son was understanding about my need to rise at 7 AM to feed and potty the dogs and then return to sleep for another few hours, forgoing our Monday through Thursday Zoom chat. I also skipped out on several of our Sunday morning Zoom sessions between The Boys in London and Dave’s parents in Boston so I could steal away to my favorite breakfast and workstation for some “me” time.
It’s 12:15 PM and I am feeling the need to rest. I will try to accomplish some items around the house, tomorrow, and then dine with Mama Kay following 4:30 PM Mass. Sunday, to celebrate the new year, we will feast on pizza at Laura’s. I am looking forward to regaining time with some of my favorite people.
Here’s to the last day of 2022!