I was finished with the morning office work by 11:00 a.m. and off to shop for groceries. Ate some lunch and got back to work. By 2:30 p.m., I was getting stuff ready to go. Started the lentil soup at 3:00. Help started arriving by 3:30.
By 6:30, we had a group of Scouters standing around chatting. Promptly at 7:00, I welcomed them all, our Scouts presented the colors and Mitch said grace -- and we set to.
A sassy Italian salad was at their places, served family style. As they began working on that, we served them steaming hot lentil soup (poured over a lemon slice in the bottom of their bowl). After a few minutes, the garlic bread came out, and then the lasagne: a brick-sized piece for everyone of made-from-scratch, never-fail goodness. Dessert was your choice of tiramisu or (instant) cheesecake.
After dinner, we shared old memories, thanked last year's volunteers, presented the District Award of Merit to two Scouters, and had a bit of inspirational time, as Valley Trails closed up shop. At the end of this month, the new District being organized will hold its first Annual Meeting, and everything will be about the NEW. Tonight was for remembering the old -- the better to be ready for the new and thinking positively about the change.
We finally got everything cleaned up and out of the church at 9:30. Two retired guys and me stayed till the last. Even youths shall fall exhausted and all that . . . but we three were renewed like the eagle (at least, sufficiently to get it all done). Hallelujah.
I am utterly, completely, absolutely pooped. Thank you, Lord. We made it.