I’ve gotten to know so many wonderful people in my 21 years at the Y and typically I get to check in with them on my first stop of the day…at the coffee corner.
If you’ve been around the Y and you’ve met me, you know I start my day with a daily dose of coffee and then a few hellos and laughs with my favorite ladies and sometimes their husbands. Many of them have been coming to the Y for as long as I have and I miss seeing each and everyone of them. We’ve lost a few along the way and the group is constantly changing, but one thing always remains the same, their love for the Y and their enthusiasm for life.
I’ve been keeping up with them online and in true “Coffee Crew” form, they are still supporting, entertaining and enjoying each other through social media. It’s nice to be in touch this way but it certainly limits our “no-cal” Wednesdays. I sure could go for a piece of that deliciousness right about now.
And then there’s Dave S. I did a little check in with him just the other day. Dave is one of our volunteers, at our Y and you’ll find him in the pool with the children on a regular basis. I had hoped to be able to wish Dave a Happy 60th in person on his birthday, but had to check in with him on the phone instead. Dave celebrated his birthday staying fit and riding over 75 miles. His goal was 60 miles for 60 years. He surpassed that goal. Happy Birthday Dave.
And then there’s Dale. Dale volunteers at our Y and helps with the mail and other tasks. You know you’ve met Dale if he’s asked you your birthday! Amazingly he will remember each and everyone’s special day! I checked in with Dale via FaceTime and he wanted me to remind everyone that the anniversary of the mood ring is April 10th. Normally we have cupcakes and swedish fish to celebrate! I’ve got you Dale. We will make sure to celebrate as soon as we get back to our new normal. Dale is missing all his friends at the Y.
The Y has been a wonderful place to be for the last 21 years. I’m missing my office mates, the volunteers and the members. I hope during these trying times everyone is doing well, practicing safe social distancing and being grateful for the little things in life that we often take for granted.
As I say to the “Coffee Crew” each morning when they ask me how I’m doing…… “I’m thankful to see the sun rise in the sky one more day!”
Until we see each other again at the Y….remember we will get through this together….stronger! Stay well!