Alright, so it may have been a date with him and 600 “other” people, but whatev. To kick off Catholic Schools Week, the Diocesan School and Development offices organized the fourth annual “Celebrating Catholic Schools Week” dinner and awards presentation.
It was so lovely. We honored volunteers at each of our 23 schools for their amazing work. There was one story that was particularly touching. An older couple gave their heart and soul to the school, so much so that the wife worked in the cafeteria for many years. In her honor, her husband purchased stained glass windows for the cafeteria. She passed away last year. I might’ve teared up a little when I heard that story.
In addition to hearing the contributions of so many amazing people, we were blessed to hear a very inspirational speaker, Matthew Kelly. I know that most of my Catholic readers know of his greatness, but for those of you that don’t…read on.
I was first introduced to his books and inspiration when we lived in Indiana. The first book of his I read, “Rhythm of Life” was a game changer. He coined the phrase, becoming the best-version-of-yourself and it really changed the way I looked at my gifts and talents. He’s written many more books since then, gotten married, had two children and started his own company. Oh, and did I mention he has a charming Australian accent? Yeah, forgot to mention that. That always makes anything more inspirational, now doesn’t it?
By the stroke of God and a super awesome person, let’s just refer to her as She-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named, I was seated next to said speaker. I die. Scott did remind me that he was sitting on the other side. I know, sweetheart, I know. We had a lovely dinner conversation and then enjoyed a fantastic keynote. Hats off to my parents for watching the kids so I could attend. I rarely get to go to events with Scott and this was such a wonderful night.
I still can’t believe I did not get pictorial proof of my “best seat in the house tonight”. But, if anyone doesn’t believe me, just go ask Bishop Vasquez. He wouldn’t lie 🙂