Monday Love / Community

Another edition of Monday Love…

A quote:  “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” -Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Something personal:  What a lovely weekend.  Although I have been under the weather recently, I still enjoyed spending the day at the Annual May Day Festival at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Day School.  It’s such a wonderful school, and it has far surpassed any expectations I had for Kylie’s first year of “real school.”  Her teachers are wonderful, genuine, and caring individuals.  And the community to which we now belong is truly fantastic.  I volunteered to take pictures during the event so they could have them for the yearbook, etc.  It was hot, and very tiring, but so much fun.  I loved seeing the teachers, parents, children, and administrators all having fun together.  It felt good to be a part of something so special.  Here are a few pictures from the day.

The kids started off the festival with some musical inspiration – directed by their fabulous music teacher, Mr. Butler.

Kylie and her BFF Ainslee.

 The highlight of the day was the dunk tank.  Both of Kylie’s teachers participated (below), along with Father Brian, and even the Interim Head of School, Mr. England.  The kids were ecstatic!

Jake could be found showing off his muscles for the ladies….

This is Ms. S and Mrs. R (as the kids call them).  I call them the best Kindergarten teachers EVER!  ;)  I can’t believe the school year is almost over and they won’t be Kylie’s teachers anymore after May 25th.

Something interesting:  On another note, I wanted to share some thoughts on the recent “win” in California.  The state successfully gathered 971,126 signatures in order to get the first-ever ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods.  This is something that an overwhelming majority of Americans want, and yet legislators WILL NOT allow it on ballots for us to vote.  Over 15 other states have started legislation, only to have it get caught up and snuffed out in various committees.  The big food companies, and chemical companies (Monsanto, DOW, etc) do not want these foods labeled for fear that people might actually have a choice and stop buying them.  The good news about California is the awareness it brings to the table.  AND, if 80% (or more) of processed food contains GMO’s, it will be very complicated for these companies to “label” them for California but not for the rest of the U.S.  These foods will also be prohibited from being labeled “Natural.”  I’m very excited to see what happens with all of this.  And to think that the California Right to Know movement was started by one woman, a grandmother, who was concerned about what she and her family was eating.  You can read about Pamm Larry in the Huffington Post HERE.

HAPPY MONDAY!!!

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