This past Friday I headed up to Sac to spend the day wine tasting at the delta river road wineries with my friends, Allison Brennan, Virna DePaul, Eileen Rendahl and Alyssa Day. I spent the night at Allison’s and Saturday morning we headed to the Sacramento Valley Rose RWA meeting where Alyssa gave a great workshop on heroines. After lunch and goodbyes, I headed out. I could not wait to get home! I mean it had been more than 24 hours and I hadn’t had a granddaughter fix! That baby is worse than a crack addiction. And I’m not the only one. My oldest son came over yesterday, he was not happy to find his niece not home. The minute she came home, she was in his arms. When my in-laws came over later for dinner everyone was vying for Baby G. She really is too damn cute! She smiles each time I hold her, and in return, I can’t stop smiling.
Speaking of smiling, we saw The Blind Side. Great movie. While I doubt Sandra Bullock will win the Oscar, I loved her as Leigh Anne Tuohy. I was reminded by several family members during the movie that there wasn’t much separation between me and Miz. Tuohy. We’re both mama bears and are not afraid to get in anyone’s face when it comes to doing the right thing or protecting our families. I just wish I had her money. The people I could help! Which brings me to a story I saw on NBC during the Olympic coverage the other day. Tom Brokaw was talking about how close we and the Canadian people were, and not just sharing a border close but there for each other close. Then he told the story of Gander, Newfoundland, Canada. Gander was there for us on 9-11. It was where something like 200 jumbo jets landed when the U.S. shut down its airspace. The town of 10,000 swelled to a town of 16,000 in one day. And they stepped up. They stepped up big time. Because these folks who opened their homes, businesses and hearts to 6,000 strangers would not take any compensation, many of the 6,000 started a scholarship fund for the high school. If you can find the story on uTube find it and watch it. You’ll find it as amazing and heartwarming as I did.
It got me to thinking, if I had the kind of money the Tuohy’s had, or the resources the town of Gander had, what would I do with it? I know I’d set up college scholarships. I’d build a refuge for battered women and their children, and I’d buy a gazillion acres, create a sanctuary then rescue every fur, feathered and scaly creature that needed a home.
What would you do if you could? Or if you already are doing, inspire us with your story!