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There may be some purple prose, for which I will absolutely not apologize for.
Several years ago a wonderful teenager came into our lives at the Arboretum, volunteering on Saturdays with me.
In the few years of volunteering she formed bonds with other high schoolers from completely different schools and it has been amazing to watch their friendships form and grow.
This past spring she spoke at our fundraiser, ART in the Garden. I will quote her here:
Since 1782, the Bald Eagle has been the national bird – a symbol of courage and freedom. It was placed on the Great Seal of the United States to stand for strength, power, and peace. Even before European settlers arrived, the Bald Eagle was regarded as “the chief of birds” by Native Americans. And yet, although it holds such a special place in our nation’s heart, many of us remember a time when we almost lost this amazing animal forever.
Well, here it is almost March again. It's crazy to believe we're here when in so many ways we're still processing everything that happened last March. We still don't know when we'll get to take that final deep sigh of relief (without masks blocking our faces), but we can at least all be grateful that we survived this past year. With the "anniversary" of when the world shut down rapidly approaching, this could be a good time to reflect and be proud of the strength and resilience we have all di...