Love In A New Light
SARATOGA SPRINGS (October 7, 2017) — Arriving at the Angel Names walk (at the Columbia Pavilion at Spa State Park) with both of my girls by my side, slightly nervous about what their reactions would be, we were greeted by the band Tailspin jamming out the tune “Sweet Home Alabama.”
We were welcomed by volunteers encouraging us to sign in, take a piece of candy and enjoy the day’s activities.
When I found my dear friend Amy she handed me a tag to be placed on my jacket and it read, “Walking in memory of Susannah Grace Bravo, I carry your heart in my heart”. This same sticker was given to both of my daughters and Arthur.
As I looked around there was a sea of kids, so many kids.
Playing tag in the open field.
Teethy grin showing their parents the pumpkin they just decorated.
Posing for fun photos in the makeshift photo booth.
I asked my girls, are you feeling comfortable, any questions? Julia responded, “No Mom, this is great and a lot of fun”.
My daughters spent most of their time, scouring over the rows of raffle baskets and inviting silent auction items.
I am pleased to report we walked away with a Kendra Schieber painting in oil of the Fraizer Bridge, located in Ticonderoga. I will pause and take a breath whenever I look at this painting.
There were free snacks for all, coffee, hot cocoa, chips, cookies, granola bars, fresh picked apples, juice and water to name just a few.
For those with bigger appetites, The Waterhouse Restaurant from Lake Luzerne generously donated and prepared sausage and peppers, hamburgers, veggie burgers and hotdogs.
Friends hugged, laughed, and caught up.
The mood: Hopeful, full of love and welcoming.
Hundreds lined up to walk, in honor of their own Angel Name, Grandmothers, Aunts, co-workers, parents. Many groups wore homemade shirts to honor their angel. We all walked and chatted, enjoying the company and wet fall day.
This event helps to renew my faith in humanity. Amongst tragedy and pain there is support and a community waiting to embrace and help.
Before we left I asked my friend if I could volunteer next year. The words were not even completely out of my mouth when my daughters chimed in and asked if they could too.
Love takes many different forms. Today I saw love in a new light.
October 9, 2017