We're winding down our time here and just finished the capstone of our week: our open house. The Mayor handed each volunteer a certificate of recognition and we heard many "thank you's" for what we were able to accomplish and the promise of ongoing contribution.
I must admit to having tears in my eyes as I witnessed the gratitude of small acts of kindness and friendly smiles. It was wonderful to see "friends" that I had met during the week and exchange hugs offered in mutual admiration and respect.
I told Aura that I'd be back in a year to see her success in losing weight. I mean that sincerely-- and it will be my privilege to be able to do so.