Mother’s Day, Peter Pan and a great community
This column will have a lot of moving parts but I hope to have it running smoothly by the time I construct its final sentence.
There were several subjects I wanted to write about and rather than picking one I chose to include as many as possible in a single column. I hope when it’s done it’s firing on all cylinders.
Mother’s Day is upon us and although my mom passed away in late 2012, my daughter, Jenny, has a mom who well exemplifies why this day continues to have great meaning for me and for others.
I have been married to Jenny’s mom for nearly 33 years and despite numerous ups and downs, I don’t think I could have picked a better partner. With very little effort Carol could have landed a trophy husband but for some inexplicable reason she said, “yes” when I proposed to her 35 years ago. Not only is she a wonderful wife but also there is no one out there who could ever be a better mother to our daughter. Maybe that’s hyperbole but I’m sticking by my statement.
For almost a year now, Carol has been working as a professional liaison for Haven Hospice. In that time I’ve more than doubled my knowledge of palliative care and truly appreciate the work done by all hospice organizations.
In her job capacity Carol interacts with local health care providers and others who may benefit by knowing all there is to know about palliative care. And this interaction goes well beyond simple business considerations.
During the week before Mother’s Day, Carol arranged for the St. Augustine Ballet to bring two of its best dancers to the common room at BayView Assisted Living and perform a scene from its May 16 production of Peter Pan.
Ballet Director Luis Abella was on hand as well as dancers Kali Lee, 15, and Grace Karger, 13. Abella wants to see the Ballet grow and recognizes the importance of providing these types of mini-events to those in our community who may otherwise miss out. But it doesn’t end there.
The St. Augustine Ballet is offering discounted Peter Pan tickets to BayView residents and BayView management is providing transportation and one-half the cost of these discounted tickets to any of its residents who want to attend.
This mini-event at BayView was yet another reason why I continue to believe our community is so special. Just a little cooperation and effort among three organizational entities brought together young and old in a setting that left wide smiles on the faces of all who participated.
I am confident the BayView residents who attend the Ballet of Peter Pan will have their smiles recharged and all the dancers (including my daughter) who put on the performance will take great pride in helping forge those smiles.
Mother’s Day, a great ballet company, young and old creating a positive synergy, efforts by my wife to make this a better community and a promotion of the May 16 production of Peter Pan could have comprised at least five individual columns. I’ve squeezed them all into one.
If you can make it, I guarantee you will enjoy the Ballet of Peter Pan. There will be two performances on Saturday, May 16 at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. Tickets will be available at the door but you’ll probably get a better seat by going online at https://web.tututix.com/client/saintaugustineballet/.
And one last item: If you attend the ballet, plan on purchasing your flowers and other keepsakes at the TinkerBell Boutique in the lobby. All net proceeds will support the Ballet.