This weekend was the 94th annual Gogebic County Fair … and I was there! This year there are no poultry exhibits throughout Michigan at fairs or petting zoos as a precaution against the spread of avian influenza. No roosters. Instead there was a new Pony Pulling Event this year. Fairgoers could also enjoy FREE horse drawn wagon rides. And I’m sure I wouldn’t have wanted to miss the chance for a FREE wagon ride if I wouldn’t have been melting in the 91 degree heat. I left Florida to get away from the summer heat and yet it found me.
Though the sun beat down relentlessly, I did not faint from the opportunity to serve up fair brats, dogs and smiles at the Coles Foundation booth. The Cole’s Foundation was created as a tribute to a little boy who fought so hard and touched so many before losing his battle to a rare childhood cancer. Recognizing the incredible needs of families struggling through the nightmare of caring for a child with a terminal illness, his parents created Coles Foundation to utilize the 21st century’s technology to provide support and assistance to families facing the most devastating challenge that a parent could face, the illness and death of a beloved child. What a testimony to their faith and the type of family they are. I was honored to spend time serving beside them. Learn more about Cole’s Foundation here: http://www.colesfoundation.org/about/coles_story
Let me encourage you to send a smile and make a difference in your community. I understand everyone has busy lives, making it hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even improve your mental and physical health. Learn more about the opportunities in your community and get started doing something great. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people, animals, and organizations in need.
If nothing else, get out for a drive. Because happiness is a way to travel, not the destination. And you never know what friendly folks you’ll meet along the way. Today I met three couple out for a ride, just like myself. They told me I haven’t lived until I ride a motorcycle down the road with a big grin on my face and bug stuck in my teeth. I’ll pass on that, but certainly enjoyed meeting them at the antique shop. Safe travels happy bikers!