April just whizzed by like a monthlong April Fool's joke. I'd need a month of Sundays to write about all that happens in April. But before it ends, I would like to highlight some things I woulda written about if I coulda.
For Autism Awareness Month, kudos to Claire Dees, President of Spectrum, the Rev. Lamar Holley who sponsors fishing events (next one is on June 1,) Brushstrings, who entertained at the Valentine's dinner at the courthouse and who use their talents to promote autism awareness, and Laura Nadine and her daughter Allana, who performed a violin duet last Monday on the Nancy Grace Show.
For Holocaust Remembrance Month, a nod to Woody Morawiec and his Holocaust Shoe Project, which creates a graphic awareness of the millions who died. This year he's collected over 600 pairs of shoes, adding to his 37,000 total which are donated to charities to help turn human cruelty into redemptive acts of kindness by "tying the world together, one pair of shoes at a time."
For National Poetry Month, hats off to local poets Geri Taran, the lady in Lawrenceville with a Peace Pole in her front yard, Bobbi Pack, founder of House of Joy, a developing emergency women's shelter in Norcross whose book, "God Made Me Beautiful from the Inside Out" holds a special place on my bookshelf and my son, Ian, whose "Unhappy Returns" about tax day won first place in an Atlanta Writers Club poetry contest. (I figure if Darrell Huckaby can show off his daughter Jenna's wonderful writing, I can mention Ian's.)
For National Donate Life Month, their slogan "1 for 8" means one organ donor can save eight people's lives, but LifeLink informed me 13 years ago that our son Loren's heart and bone marrow benefited at least 22 people.
I remember well Administrative Assistant's Day when I was a para-pro in a middle school in 1992. They took us paras out for a two-hour lunch, then in May, for Principal Appreciation Day, they asked us all to kick in $5 for a gift. They said there was money in the budget for us, but not for him. With a staff of over 100, I'm not sure why they needed that much money, but it did go to show there really isn't any such thing as a free lunch. Hope all you AA's out there were treated better than that!
I learned on "Jeopardy" that last week was National Parks Week and Walter Chow of Snellville, in his quest to visit as many parks as he can, is up to 250.
Meghan Kotowski did a nice job of covering all the Earth Day events in the county, but I have one more to add: My son Leif's birthday. Happy Birthday, Leif, and to everyone else out there, happy whatever other events you think I shoulda mentioned but just couldn't fit in.
Susan Larson is a writer from Lilburn. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.