With all the vitriol going on this past week, like the former Speaker of the House engaging in most inappropriate name calling of a sitting US Senator (highlighting why he is a FORMER Speaker, IMO) and Presidential candidate, or a Presidential candidate mocking how another candidate eats. That is where we seem to be in this country these days, childish, immature name-calling and ridicule.
Thankfully, though, there are some young people in Florida who are acting with a whole helluva lot more maturity and kindness than these “adults” are. These high school students took it upon themselves to engage in an act of kindness for senior citizens at a nursing home. From Good News Network:
[…] Students at TERRA Environmental Research Institute in Miami, Florida organized a prom for ‘senior’ residents of a nursing home.
They decorated the Palace Nursing and Rehab Center and supplied flowers, corsages, and tiaras. They even brought along their school’s mascot to urge residents to get on the dance floor.
There was a king and queen of the prom and the oldest resident, 101-year-old Eleanor Bessin, showed off the picture of the boy who took her to her first prom more than 80 years ago. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
For more, you can watch this lovely video:
The Student Government President was so poised, so thoughtful, and so caring in describing how the students came to put on this “prom” for these seniors. I cannot help but feel some hope for the future when we have such loving, caring young people as they bring joy, happiness, and some dancing to the Seniors. Gives me some hope…
This election season has been so hard, along with other issues we all have going on in our lives. Some of us have lost people we thought were friends. And I know that others of you, like me, are struggling with medical issues. Or maybe we have other struggles that are taking a toll on us. I hope this piece, “Stand,” performed by Leslie Odom and Katharine McPhee from “Smash” helps to give a bit of reassurance and hope:
Such a beautiful song, isn’t it? And powerful, too.
Speaking of a powerful, and beautiful song, one of my favorite opera singers is the Welshwoman, Katherine Jenkins. This piece, and her voice, are just stunning:
Speaking of prayer, and indicative of my eclectic taste in music, another one of my all-time favorite singers is Reba McEntire. I have seen the followingvideo before, but hearing this song again yesterday made me think how appropriate it is for this weekend, for us, for the nation, and for these times.
Yes, we could use some peace, some joy, some decency, common sense, and compassion, too. I hope and pray that that each and every one of you has a wonderful, peaceful, blessed, weekend.
It’s all yours now. This is the Weekend Open Thread.