Last week, our friends Kathleen and Chuck were visiting from Albuquerque. That's Kathleen on the left, and Chuck on the far right. In the middle are Kerry and Stan, (Kathleen's sister and brother-in-law). Kerry and Stan's adorable four year old daughter was a flower girl in a Cleveland wedding last weekend, so Kathleen and Chuck decided to fly in, see them while they were in town, and then visit us.
We had such a nice time, going for walks, eating, walking eating, you get the idea. Kathleen is from upstate NY; we went to high school together and lived together in DC just after college. Chuck is from New Mexico and was awed by all the green here in Cleveland. While here, Kathleen went to Girls on the Run with us.
Lo and behold, I got an e-mail from her yesterday, stating she and another woman are thinking of starting a Girls on the Run group in Albuquerque! Kathleen does not have kids, she knew she didn't want them and refused to conform to other people's opinions about what makes a life, but no one said she hated kids.
The stats on Albuquerque schools are abysmal. Something like a zero literacy rate for graduating kindergartners. Something like 58% graduate from high school. Kids there need role models and adults who care about them! I was so happy she's thinking of doing this and relayed the news to HT.
"Riley strikes again," he said, smiling.