Sunday, March 08, 2009

Little Kids Networking

Yesterday, my DIL, Lisa, and my adorable granddaughter, Kaylie, came to visit for the afternoon so Kaylie's daddy could get some work done.

We decided to go to Woodlands Park in Perrysburg. As you can see Kaylie loved it. I had two very divergent thoughts about this adventure.

The first is that Kaylie loves to play with other kids. When we arrived at the park, she was ecstatic because there were four other little kids playing there. The two youngest little girls, took Kaylie under their wing and helped to introduce her to some of the play scape. I thought about how wonderful it is that kids just jump right in with each other, not worrying about anything. Wouldn't it be great if that happened for us adults at networking events. Just think if when people saw others at an event, they ran (as Kaylie did) toward them.

The other thought I had was about how a small group of people can make such a huge difference in a community's life. This very complex play scape at the park has been in existence for about 10 -12 years. It was that long ago that a couple young mothers wanted this for their children. They took their request to the powers-that-be and were turned away. Determined, they said, "Well, we'll raise the money ourselves." There were quite a few naysayers that said, "You'll never be able to raise that much money." Obviously, they were wrong.

When I think about what those women did for our city, I wonder how many children have run, swung and played at that installation. The ripples of their contribution continue to positively affect the quality of life for our young citizens. One of two main forces behind that project, Lisa Richard, is now the foundation administrator at the Way Public Library. She continues to make contributions to our community.

Thank you Lisa for all that you do!

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