I know I type this often to you, but what I really love about writing to you each Friday morning is that I’m never quite sure what our title will be or where our Written Road will head… Of course I always have an idea, notes I’ve taken throughout the week, … but often I think of Forest Gump and his comparison to a box of Chocolates… “You (or I) never quite know what we are going to get”
Our Title just came to me as I was sitting at my computer this morning… You know my time, about 5:30ish and I can still hear that pouring rain and dreadful wind. Not as bad as the last couple days, but it’s still with us. Shea had no desire to head outside and I felt bad insisting he had to go out… It really is still raining Cats and Dogs!
You know how much I love to look up how these words and phrases came to be so here’s where our title originated from…I would have guessed the 1950’s but with a little help from the internet and Urban Dictionary I tracked it down. The idea of “It’s raining Cats and Dogs” was first heard in 1651! It was coined as a reference to trying to secure weak roofs against horrible rains that long ago!!!! In 1738 Jonathan Swift a playwright of the era, used the phrase in one of his Satires and that’s when it seems to have caught on. Can you even imagine almost 300 years ago!
The last time we talked, I was telling you about my adventures in Toronto and we were headed for the Toronto Zoo, which does “sort of” fit with our title this week…..
The theme at the Toronto Zoo is The Giant Panda Experience and you see signs like these as you are driving up to the entrance of the Zoo. What we never would have guessed is that this came to be because of a “long-term conservation partnership agreement between CHINA and CANADA”. China is “loaning” just two Giant Pandas to the Toronto Zoo for a 5 year period of time.
What makes these beautiful Pandas “GIANT” is that they weigh 100 Kilograms which is equal to 220 pounds to us! Remember Canada adopted the metric system over 30 years ago! They are known to China, but they are an “endangered species”. They have only one cub on the average every two years. They also live primarily on Bamboo which alone is pretty fascinating. Honestly Mackensie and I struggled a little with the idea of these beautiful animals being held in cages, walking around the same small area day in and day out. I know there is such a value in what we can learn and the beauty we see, but…. What do you think?
Continuing with the idea of learning last Friday Bart and I were asked to speak at the Litchfield Middle School about our Career Paths.
We were on a panel of three…
1. Hudson Police Lieutenant Officer Chuck Dyac
2. Dr. Quirnale (Dr. Bart to the Students)
3. Me, As Your Town Clerk, and Elected Position
First all of us were just so very impressed with each and every student, 4 different classes! It was first thing in the morning, and they could not have been more attentive, polite, and involved. What a gift to all of us!
The three of us had the same message, always continue to learn and find something you “love” to do. The interesting thing was that all of us on our panel had the same passion… to help and serve people.
Dr. Quirnale told each class that he loved getting up each morning to head into his office. Officer Dyac agreed and so did I! I guess were right back to that Forest Gump Box of Chocolates Idea, in each of our professions we never really know what a day will bring or who might need our help or assistance.
Bart also told them about searching for a “Pearl” each day. Remember we’ve talked about this before… learn something new each and every day… a “Pearl” that you can keep with you always….
As I’m typing to you, now at 8:15 am… our Town Administrative Assistant Kirby Wade is preparing to talk to a US History Class at our High School. Kirby has a vast background in administration, campaign management, business and something you may not have known is that she is an accomplished artist!
I hope we all learn many “Pearls” this week and it would be so great to share some of them here… send them in!
Sherry’s Famous (or not so famous) Chocolate Chip Banana Bread are waiting for you <3
With a Grateful Heart to “Cindi” and “Officer Chris” too.