February 19, 2008

Journal, Lauren

Oh, it’s been an unexpectedly exciting last half of the day. I needed to run into Lincoln to do a little shopping (future post) before a presentation at the Lied Center at 7:00. I zipped home before I left and some stuff I ordered arrived from FedEx (future post), which was delightful.

Item purchased, got to the Lied on time, sat down with co-workers to watch Richard Louv speak on getting kids outside, for cryin’ out loud. It was an awesome presentation, and if you’d like a snippet of it, read this. (Zip down to the paragraph that starts ‘Even without corroberating evidence…’ I love how it ends.) Anyway, afterwards there was a Q & A that we didn’t stay for. I wanted to run to Sam’s to get some groceries.

Sam’s was closed by the time I got there so I ran into the HyVee next door. As I paid for my groceries, I realized that my camera wasn’t in my purse. The last time I had it was when I took a picture of all those people in the Lied, and ……. NOOOOOOO!!!!!! My camera was in the theater!!!!!!!!!

I was far away, so I called Lloyd, who thankfully was still in Lincoln due to Bad Movie Night, and asked him to go over there and tell them I was coming. He did, God bless him, but they told him that they couldn’t let him in, and that we should call in the morning to see if the cleaning crew found it. NOOOOO!!!!! I drove like mad to get there, burst inside and tried all the Girl Charm I could muster. I begged the man at the door to let me in. He was hesitant, but could see that I was desperate. His supervisor let me in, and was a little surprised that I wasn’t too proud to crawl around on the ground looking for it. (We didn’t have assigned seats.) It was there! It was there!! I kept saying, “Thank you, God! Thank you, God! Thank you, God!” Then I looked at his shocked face and said, “Thank you, too… (looking at his name tag) David!” He laughed and said, “I’m glad when things turn out like this. You just made my night.” I would have kissed him, but that would have been inappropriate.

So here – enjoy this photo!

Look at all these people who know kids need to get outside!

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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9 Responses to “Adventure!”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Yay for kindly people!


  2. Deanne Said on:

    That article is quite moving. I lament the fact that we can’t let our kids run around the neighborhood and get into trouble in the trees like I did. We let them get into a little trouble anyway, just keeping close by. I just don’t want to see it become a campaign, like he’s suggesting, because I feel like that’s intrusion by the federal govt into my space as a parent (& taxpayer). Instead, I try to evangelize--I get my Girl Scouts out into the woods, even though they squeal a bit. And I hope that they can have their own epiphanies…

    OK, now I can read the rest of your post. There must be some nice people in it.


  3. Deanne Said on:

    And you even made his night! What a relief…


  4. Beth Said on:

    Tara needs to get outside. Do you think someone could create a giant heater to be installed over the state of Nebraska for the month of February? That would make getting outside a little easier…
    But leave December and January alone. I want the snow…


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