My head is spinning. For the last few weeks, it seems that there isn't even enough time to stop and catch my breath. And I'm just one person. From what I've seen, just about everyone in Mason is moving at a frantic pace, and all its citizens are racing about madly trying as best they can to keep up with the pace.
Part of the hectic activity is directly tied to the end of the school year, which is now only ten days away from being done. In a small town, so much of our social life is tied to the activities of the school system itself. We can't help but be affected by Prom, by Graduation, by the banquets and parties. We rejoice in the movement of our young adults into the next step in their lives and we lift them up as we help them take those final steps in Mason, and take their first steps in the big world outside our town.
But that's not all.
We have benefits, fundraisers, events and celebrations. And, it would appear that they all are scheduled for the same three week period! And, none of that would be problematic except for the fact that many of the people that help with one event are also helping with one or two of the others.
This weekend, we show our community support as we come together to help the Schuessler family. Rebecca and Ryan still have a very long road back to recovery, and there are many expenses that are not covered by insurance, so the money raised will go far in helping they, and their families, as they move forward.
Last weekend, in addition to Junior/Senior Prom, there was the annual Habitat for Humanity Spring Fundraiser. This year's event was held at the beautiful Llano River home of Judy Cordes, and it was a beautiful evening. It is difficult to think of a time when I've been able to take so many photos with such incredible backgrounds, perfect light and smiling faces. The Habitat Benefit is always lots of fun, and it brings together so many different people, all supporting the same cause.
This last Monday, I had a typical Mason scheduling dilemma. There was a City meeting, a Mason I.S.D. Board meeting, and the 2014 Scholarship Presentations,,,, all at the same time. I spun the wheel and ended up going to the City meeting, which meant missing out on the other two events. The same thing happens for my friends and neighbors every week as they try to balance their obligations, their passions and their wishes. In the end, it's impossible to make it to everything, so tough choices have to be made.
In three weeks, we will all be wondering why there is so little to do. As the heat of summer builds in, fewer and fewer outside events are scheduled. In the past, even events that might be scheduled at a venue such as the Community Building avoided summer heat. But, that could soon change. At Monday night's City meeting, City Administrator John Palacio proudly reported that the installation of the air conditioning at the Community Building is almost complete. That means that this facility, one of the most used in the area for events, will soon be able to host gatherings in air conditioned comfort.
Of course, it also means that the rental fees for that building will have to be raised in order to cover the increased City expenses of operating the facility. The Richard P. Eckert Civic Center has been a popular gathering spot for events requiring more stable temperatures; but, is smaller and limited in the events it can host. Along with the Stribling Room at the Library, the Slab and Pavilion at the Park, and other smaller venues, Mason now has a host of places where people can gather and celebrate the special moments in their lives.
Good luck navigating these last few weeks of the school year. Don't try to do everything, don't worry about missing one or two, and enjoy the events you do decide to attend. Life is short, and moves quickly. Enjoy the moments you have.
It’s all just my opinion.