As the last few days of April disappear behind us, we look forward to the lazy days of summer, glad to put the winter away, happy to think of sunshine and warm weather. Days like today, when I can have the windows open to the breeze, I am reminded of my summer visits to Rector when I was a child. No matter how hot it was here, it was always hotter and muggier on the Texas Gulf Coast and there was always a breeze blowing through my grandparents’ summer kitchen. We spent all our waking hours out there.
Grandpa often took me with him to the ice house for a new block of ice for the icebox, making me feel just a little bit special, okay really, really special. The women cooked on a wood stove out there and after dark we would turn off the lights and use kerosene lanterns. It became place of mystical shadows and enticing night sounds. There was hardly ever a lag in the conversation until everyone started wandering off to bed. Even then I would go to sleep listening to the murmured conversation two or three people sitting on the front porch. This was my version of heaven.
Next month is May. It will be filled with end of school activities and the building excitement that plagues children the last few weeks of school. Nothing beckons like the first day of summer vacation.
If you missed the mini-concert at the Rector museum, you missed a great evening. Chrissy Pazanowski was marvelous as usual. You will want to watch for the next event. Not sure who we will have then. There was also the grand opening of the new home of the Rector Community Museum on Saturday. It started with a ribbon cutting at 10:00 a.m. and lasted until late afternoon. In addition to the museum displays, the Rector School Arts department displayed student’s artwork. It was a marvelous display. Thanks to the Museum Committee for a jam-packed weekend and thanks to Joel Boyd for bringing the artwork.
Look for the following school activities in May. The Athletic Banquet is on May 14th at 6:oo pm and the Honors Day Celebration on May 17 at 9:30 am. Of course, the main event, the Rector High School Graduation will be May 19th at 2:00 pm.
For the third time in six weeks, this weekend a place of worship became a target for a terrorist. I can think of few things worse than the desecration of our holy places. These are houses of love. For them to be used as killing grounds is deeply disturbing. In contrast, the reaction of the survivors of the Chabad of Poway shooting is a beautiful tribute to their faith. Espousing love for one another, the sense of community that surrounds them and the strength of their faith, they have delivered a powerful message for all of us. We must not allow this hate to continue to grow. We must not give in to terrorism. We must not condone the divisiveness that spawns and encourages this kind of thinking. We must do everything we can to preserve peace and foster good will to those around us. Even those who are different.
With that word, I will close for this week.