A FEW GOOD PEOPLE
I’m learning. Just relax. Breathe. Good people are present. Everything always works out perfectly.
As I unpack my bag to settle into Sophie’s guest room for her east coast birthday party weekend, I receive an unexpected phone call from a longtime supporter of our artCamp. The news is not good and shakes me rather terribly at a time when I most want to be upstairs with a two year old eager to play with her Grandmère.
The good man on my cell tells me with regret, that
Oh dear, oh dear! What to do with this troubling information, while I’m hearing Sophie pulling out her toys in anticipation of our first moments of playtime for our too brief three days?
Being travel weary and hugely disappointed, what I want most is to stop time, sit on the edge of the bed and have a much-needed, long bottled-up wailing cry--though certainly not the most helpful response, a rather appropriate reaction, considering how hard I’ve worked and the depth of my emotional and intellectual fatigue.
Instead, I begin to call good people, suggested by the regretful messenger, as possible resources for alternative funding. I also call Pat Goff, artCentral’s treasurer. Pat worked as hard as I, preparing the numbers and information needed for our Grant Application. He’s reliably cool, reasonable and clear thinking in every situation. Pat’s advice? “Relax. This will work out.”
Which is basically what each good person tells me: “Enjoy your time with your granddaughter. We’ve got this. artCamp will be funded!”
Carrying these assurances on my heart, I play with Sophie and enjoy our first of three family dinnertimes. After we all turn in early, I only toss and turn a little, waking refreshed and ready for more play and party preparations.
As we’re driving to pick up balloons, another Carthage call comes. Everything is beautifully set straight, when yet another good person assures me the artCamp funds are secured and he’ll personally deliver the check to me the day of my return. He does. We’re covered!
artCamp 2015 is happening, and I’ve learned the power of Carthage’s good people, compassionate movers and shakers one and all, to fund what must be funded with artCamp definitely on The List.
Thank you good people, for giving me three sweet, worry-free days with my precious Sophie. Thank you to two caring, anonymous donors--Good People donating to artCamp and the young budding-artists of our beloved community, a community of Good People!