Letter to the Editor,
Have just returned from the most edifying experience I have had in a very long time. The 4th grade faculty and students laid out a fantastic luncheon for those of us who are Veterans. The fantastic part was the beautiful and brilliant students who took part in this occasion. I had, for the first time in 60 years, two female escorts (Vivian and Tori) who guided me through the lunch line to a table decorated with thoughts for those of us who served this country. As questions arose from these two very bright young ladies, questions were posed back to them and a true conversation took place. They made me feel welcome in a mode that even the act of being a Veteran had never been able to accomplish.
As our conversation grew, we were joined by other 4th grade students who made the occasion even more intense by telling me what they were excelling in and what they had been accomplishing in school. Several young men joined in to let me show them how to do a handshake I learned 60 years ago in San Francisco when I was in grade school. We tore the place down singing “I Love Rock and Roll” and this experience drove me to write this letter. Our youth are truly fantastic. Each has a story about how they approach life and push to make a difference in themselves. Believe it or not, they know where they are and where they are going. All of those at the table had a story to tell and, had we not been interrupted by a teacher who needed to get everyone back to class, I would have listened to each one. Do not get me wrong – the teacher was right, I was just hungry to learn about each one, but we broke up. What an experience.
In just this short period these young men and women, Some of the best Mason has to offer, were able to connect with me. Make no mistake, these kids “ROCK”, I felt when I left that I could have done so much more for them even though this event was them doing so much for me.
To any of them who read this, to Morgan who invited me, I say keep it up. You not only can set Mason on its ear, but you are all Awesome. To the “weirdos” I met, remember I am a weirdo too!!! I believe each of you is important and should remain being yourselves. Thank you for an afternoon I will never forget…..