I was at the Howl At The Moon 5K run on Friday night and it was so much fun. Heck no, I wasn’t running, I only run when there’s someone or something scary chasing me. Instead, I was the timekeeper at the 2 mile mark. So, the person shouting the time as you were running back and shouting encouragement as you were running forward? That was me. I’m not normally the cheerleadery type, but Robin said to be loud and shout encouraging stuff, so I did.
And speaking of Robin, I would like to give a great big cheerleadery shout out to her- she is leaving to become the Deputy Commander of the 118th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Berry Field. What an honor it has been to have her as our Parks and Rec director, and what an honor it is for her to go on to this. I have only recently gotten into all these city events and my interaction with Robin has been limited, however, I know how very lucky we are to have had her as our Parks and Rec director.
Even the most staunch haters of La Vergne must admit that one of the things La Vergne has going for it is its Parks and Rec department. We have some very nice ballfields, and we have some really good activities available for people of all ages in this town. We have Robin to thank for most, if not all of it. The city will be throwing a party for her on Tuesday August 23rd from 2-4 at Civic Auditorium, and the public is invited to come and help honor her. Robin, you have my personal thanks and gratitude for all the hard work you have done for our city.
Now, back to the 5K run- “it was so much fun” really doesn’t begin to describe it. It seriously is going down as one of my favorite nights I’ve ever had. A lot of that has to do with the people who were there. I know I’ve gone on a lot about the city employees lately, but again I cannot emphasize enough how great they are. I’ve met so many of them, and I just love them. They all care so much about making our city a better place.
Friday night was a blast because of those city employees who, I might add, were glad to be there, glad to be participating in helping make this event a success. I learned a super-awesome t-shirt folding technique from a guy who teased and joked with me as if we’d been buddies forever instead of having just met. I got to ride in a truck with a guy who really, really, really cares about the grass in the park, lol. And he kept us laughing and put up with our shenanigans, ha. The chief of police sang to us. Seriously, it was the most fun I have had in a long, long time.
So I have to ask, if you’re not involved in the city, why not get involved? Yeah, I get that going to the board meetings is like watching paint dry, but how about volunteering your time to help out with some of these events? That’s actually something that’s fun to do. I get that it’s “cool” to hate the city right now, but I think working with the city instead of against it, could only be a good thing for all of us citizens.