The Byram Shubert Library, fun with Chess program was scheduled for 1 pm this past Monday February 11th, I enlisted the help of NEIGHBORS volunteers camera person Mrs. Darlene Banks of Stamford and Joan Futkins of Yonkers to help with the Personal Release Form and sign in sheets. Everything was set, until the Snow Storm of Friday, February 8th. So Monday morning at 10 am I canceled filming at the library, though my volunteers would have braved the snow laden highways to get to the library - they are too dear to me to risk life or limb for something we have another chance at doing. Besides I would have felt really bad if they had braved the snow covered highways to get to the library just to have a few young people show up. So I rescheduled filming of Fun with Chess, with Master Rich till March 12, at the 5 p.m.
So Thursday afternoon I'm at the Byram Library, like usual, when I see the library’s manager, Miguel García-Colón. He waved and I walk over to him and ask how's he doing. He looked at me, a glowing smiled spread across his face and he said, "Ms. Camacho, we had about thirty people here for the Fun With Chess on Monday". "Oh my goodness - thirty peole?", I asked Miguel grabbing his arm while I tried to stay connected to my "library voice". I thought back to the last time I was at Fun with Chess and there were only about fifteen young people sitting at the Chessboards. But on the Monday, the day I rescheduled there were thirty parents, guardians and young people who braved the snow to learn and engage in Chess. How awesome is that?! At that moment I felt great love for the people of this town, and I was proud as heck of my Byram neighbors. Much Love, as the young people say.
As I walked home from the library I started thinking that maybe this blog is working. Maybe someone besides me and the editor are reading it. Then, I chided myself for making it all about me and making a big deal about the power of this blog. Then just that fast a vision of all of those people at the Byram Fun with Chess, with Master Rich came to mind, and back I was, as happy as a scratch off lottery winner. Those thirty people reaffirmed for me that there is hope for the future.
I’m excited about the Allegra Dance Troop filming. Lord please don’t let it snow.
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