This year Erin Green (can you believe it!) was awarded the scholarship. It was an amazing coincidence that she has the same name as Erin. All applicants receive numbers for the reviewing process. It gave me goose bumps to know her name was Erin. She is such a sweet girl; a senior from Bowie high school in Austin and she wants to be a teacher. She will attend UT Austin in the fall.
Tim and I were honored to be there. We were invited to speak briefly and used the opportunity to impress upon the young people there that whatever they strive for in life that they should always remember the importance of family. Their lives will influence and touch many so they should also live with that in mind. Every day will provide an opportunity for them to make an impression with all whom they come in contact; often in ways they will never know. These lessons we have learned through Erin and how she did just that during her short life and illness.
We stayed afterwards at the bar outside at the Hyatt and had a drink in Erin’s honor and enjoyed recalling family stories and gazing at the beautiful skyline as the sun set. We both felt Erin was there with us once again.
Love to all!
P.S. Erin’s Bird of Paradise is still living and making new leaves!! I am thrilled!!