This blog entry was supposed to be posted yesterday. It was Mother’s Day and I was just not motivated to do much. Sorry. Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!
I have been dog-sitting for a few days, so I got up yesterday around 7am and took my new best friend Ruben for a walk. Meandering around Washington early in the morning was so peaceful. There was very little traffic and I had some time to reflect on my Mom. I wish that I could put into words how much I miss her. I know that she would have loved the Year of Giving.
After a long walk, I grabbed a copy of El Tiempo Latino newspaper and made our way over to Dupont Circle. I played with Ruben in the shaded grass for a while and then we found a sunny bench to relax on. I read through the paper and Ruben slipped in and out of a slumber.
Last Wednesday I had an opportunity to participate in the Gala Celebration of the re-opening of the Safeway grocery store located at 1855 Wisconsin Avenue. My friend Patricia works for Dufour and Company, one of the nation’s most respected event management firms that was hired to make the Gala a spectacular experience. She invited me to help with the reopening. It was incredible. I have never seen a grocery store turn into such an elegant locale. Props to the Dufour team!
This Safeway is amazing too! The produce section was flawless, every pepper and bean was in it’s place. I could go into detail about how phenomenal this grocery store is, but check out Bonnie Benwick’s write-up in the Washington Post.
While I was there, I met Angie who was also there helping out with the event. She is a 26-year-old District of Columbia resident who, like me, is currently unemployed. She has a background in nonprofits and marketing. I really liked Angie’s answer when I asked her what she wanted to do professionaly. “I recently did my 10 year plan. During the next 10 years I want to start my own marketing firm that focuses on the needs of nonprofits, schools, and small businesses.”
I asked Angie to tell me a little about herself and she said, “I love traveling, laughing, and great ideas. And I love cheese…Gouda and other soft cheeses!” We talked about some of her favorite places she has visited. “I really like San Juan, Puerto Rico. The people are so welcoming.” She went on to say, “I love that you can get a delicious meal, a drink, and dessert for $12 there!”
She came to Washington five years ago and enjoys every minute of living here. “There is so much to do in DC. There isn’t a monotonous culture here like some places.”
In response to my question about what she would do about with the $10, Angie said, “Well, I’m a pedestrian. There are a lot of times that I haven’t had enough money to go from point A to point B. So, I am going to keep the money until I find someone who needs help getting someplace.”
Angie allowed me to take speak with her on camera for a few minutes. She talks about the most influential person in her life; her mother. As I said earlier, this was supposed to be posted yesterday. It would have been a perfect tribute to Mother’s Day. Angie also talks about Rwanda, where she was born, and how the genocide there has affected her life.