Joy and laughter could not be hushed by the large rain drops that fell tonight for 10 minutes during Union High Schools annual Back to School Bash..
I wonder why dirt causes children to have so much unadulterated fun? I wonder why we ever thought they needed anything more than water, dirt and a ball? I wonder why when they are covered in grime 18 year old boys who hardly ever want to hug their moms in public suddenly want to embrace us?
This was Wade Garrett's event. In Leadership at UHS they have roles called "Grand Pooh Bahs" over each of the major events our Leadership team facilitates. The entire leadership team works on the event - but each event has one Pooh Bah. This Pooh Bah left it all on the field, ending the event with the classic line - "we could make it better!"
Volleyball, football, corn hole, Nine square in the air, slip and slides, hot dogs, cotton candy, pictures, a deejay and over one thousand kids and the 2016 Union High School Back to School Bash is in the books. To say that I am proud of him would miss the mark He is amazing; unstoppable, driven and cute as hell.
For the last three days as I have introduced myself to the students at UHS, and several have responded with "OH! You're Wade's mom!" I always smile and reply, "Yes, I am!" Today, after school I stopped at a Sonic (not Mario's) and ordered a soda. The car hop who brought me my drink looked at me and smiled. As I handed her my money she beamed, "Oh hey - aren't you Taylor' Witcher's mom!"
"Yes, I am." It was good to hear her name and be her mom if only for a moment this sun-filled afternoon. There wasn't time today to deal with that sweet question - only the stretching of scar tissue in between meetings.
I don't know why I ever thought I needed to be any body else besides Wade Garrett's and Taylor Renee's mom - but I"m awfully glad they share me with the students of UHS.