That’s What Neighbors Do…

This afternoon, sometime after 3, we heard a horrible noise in the store.  Our door had been open all afternoon as the springtime breeze was creating a wonderful cross draft through the store.

Chelsea went to the door and I followed, when she announced there was a wreck.

As we walked out the door, she went into a full sprint across the parking lot and to the accident victims.

Without going into a lot of detail, the accident involved an SUV and a motorcycle.

We were the 3rd and 4th people on the scene.  Meredith who works with us was on the phone to 911.

Within seconds numerous people were stopping to see if there was anything they could do to help.

Some people prayed, others stood in disbelief and others tried to comfort the victims.

After what seemed like an eternity, but was probably only a couple of minutes, police and paramedics were on the scene.

And then paramedics who weren’t even on duty started showing up to help.

What touched me most was the response of the professionals who were there to take care of the victims, the passersby who stopped to help, and the general public who showed concern.

I was in a serious accident once in south Florida and witnessed the same neighborly support when it happened to me.

Sometimes the worst brings out our best.  With all the craziness in our world, it’s nice to know, when we need each other we are there.

I share this with prayers for those who were injured, but also with gratitude for those who came to them as neighbors.

Life’s Playlist…. Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry

RIP – Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry

1926 ~ 2017

Life’s Playlist….. Imagine performed by Pentatonix

Checks to the Bucket List….

Bucket Lists are like fingerprints, we all have them.  And like fingerprints, there are probably no two alike.

Over the past few years I have been checking off a few of the items on my list.

I went sky diving.

I rode a quarter-mile zip line over a deep ravine between a mountain range.

I wanted to hold political office and thanks to the people of Lake Park, Florida, I had that opportunity.

Believe it or not, I have even run a half marathon.

This summer, I am seeing a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado.

I have many more items to check off my list, but this weekend I marked off one of my biggies.

Since I was a child I have been a fan of figure skating, I don’t know why, I just love it.

I remember where I was when Dorothy Hamill won her gold.  I remember Linda Fratianne, Katarina Witt, Debbie Thomas and every other woman to win a national, world or Olympic title.

I cheered when Scott Hamilton leapt to Olympic Gold and cried when he was diagnosed with cancer.  I wanted to be Brian Boitano, he was my hero during the Calgary Battle of the Brians.

Paul Wylie and Michelle Kwan made my heart soar.

Yes, ice skating has been a passion for many years.

Back in the summer I decided to check off another item on my list…….  I purchased tickets to the United States Figure Skating Championships in Kansas City, Missouri.

After months of anticipation, I arrived in town on Friday and have been in skater mecca all weekend.

Just approaching the arena gave me a rush of adrenaline and when I first saw the ice, I have to admit, I got a bit of a lump in my throat.

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Over a weekend of skating, I have seen the joys of victory, the fall of champions, the determination of finely tuned athletes and the free-spirited abandon of kids who had nothing to lose and everything to gain.

My trip to Kansas City has been a success.

When you are sitting in the same seats all weekend around the same group of people, you get to know them and their stories.

I met a lady who lives 50 miles from my house, she was there fulfilling her bucket list too.  There was the couple who go to the US Championships every year, their bucket list is to see an Olympic final.

Many of my skating idols of the past were at the Championships and it was fun to see them.  I met present day coaches and skaters and I made some new friends.

I’m glad I checked this item off the list, the next time I go to the Championships, it won’t be Bucket List, it will just be continued love!

I still need to see the sunrise over the Grand Canyon, write and see published the novel,  I want to do my Alaskan Cruise sooner rather than later, I want to cheer on competitors at the IRONMAN World Championships in Hawaii and swim the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.

My list grows constantly and I enjoy striking items off the list.  One of the things I have learned in life is, it is too short not to dream and strive to make those dreams come true, I’ll keep doing just that!