Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Dancing for the joy of it, hard worker and honored

Street dancer at the corner of Howell Mill Road and Chattahoochee Avenue in Atlanta. Photos taken through the windshield.

- During tax season, he can be found up the street dancing his heart out while wearing a Statue of Liberty costume. I guess the proprietors of this furniture outlet know a good thing when they see it. I only have to go this way once in a week on Tuesday afternoon when headed toward volunteer work, but I love watching him dance and direct traffic while doing so. He dances for the sheer joy of it.

- Another hard worker, neighbor Kevin, is up and leaving for work while I am watering outside plants at 5am. He opens up a Chick-fil-A store for breakfast, but has a newly acquired Masters degree in Education and cannot find employment as a teacher. We wave cheerfully this morning as he leaves, having a mutual understanding that 5am is too early to be chatting.

- And my heart swells with pride as I read an online newspaper article about a young woman still in her 20s, who is now president of her city's Rotary Club. She is an officer at her bank and serves on the board of directors for three organizations. This is the line I am proudest of, that my niece gives a shout out not only to her parents, but both sets of grandparents, too: “I will always be involved in my community,” she says. “I was raised by parents and grandparents that were involved in their community, and I don’t know any other way!”


Fireblossom said...

5 a.m. is too early for anything! (says she who gets up at 530!)

Granny Annie said...

I love a street entertainer who appreciates sharing with a special audience of passers-by.

My neighbor had to be avoided at all hours because she could chat anytime and all the time. Yikes!

Pity the people who think parents and grandparents don't inspire our youth. Sometimes mine would be so involved it would embarrass me but I managed to turn around and do the exact same for my children knowing that deep down they were pleased and now they do the same for their children.

Lance said...

Way to go, Mr. Street Dancer!!!!

And...children learn what they live...and what a great story this one is!!

happygirl said...

Your niece is a wonderful credit to her family. And I hope Kevin gets a job in education soon. I know this economy has been tough. And dancing for joy... :)

LL Cool Joe said...

I'd love to see the street dancer in action! Can you video him doing his moves?

5.00 am is definitely too early to be chatting. Actually so is 10.00am for me. :D

Ileana said...

Kids model their parents' (or grandparents') behavior...good or bad, it seems. What a great line! Love how motivated she is!!

Like FB I get up at 5:30 and it's too dark to see, let alone greet, my neighbors...but it's a perfect time for coffee and Facebook, the other FB. ;)

Lynn said...

FB -

I'm actually up at 4:45am and wake up before the alarm goes off. I get coffee going and water plants kind of in a stupor and then blog and read other blogs, facebook, etc. from 5am to 6am.

It's the only time I write that it rolls out very easily.

Granny Annie -

Yes - in our family we were always kept busy and those with children have passed that trait onto their them.

Lance -

Thank you - I'm very proud of Abby.

happygirl -

I think Kevin is doing a bit of tutoring, but really wants a teaching job. This economy is tough on teachers and everyone.

Joe -

I'll see if I can sneak and film him sometime. His enthusiasm is catching - I smiled all the way to the volunteer work.

Ily -

I like to check facebook early like that, too - I've seen you on there early, my friend!

Louvregirl said...

"...has a newly acquired Masters degree in Education and cannot find employment as a teacher;" Wow...that says alot. Boy, that is sad. What is happening in our nation?

Louvregirl said...

P.S. 5:00 A.M. is way tooooooo early Lynn! Oh my oh my!! :-0

Maude Lynn said...

Your niece sounds like an outstanding young woman!

desk49 said...

Sorry not around. working on retirement. Did not know so many things have to be done. I'm hoping things will slow down by middle of mounth.

Riot Kitty said...

Wow, your niece is impressive! How does she have time for all of that?

And yes, 5 a.m. is tragic.

Lynn said...

lg -

Yes - that is tragic. And he is such a hard working and nice guy.

I'm sort of used to the early time - and I wake up before the alarm almost every day. It's 5:23 and I've taken out the garbage, made coffee, watered plants and swept the back porch. :) But I can hardly stay awake past 9pm, so there's the downside (I have a night owl nature.)

MZ -

She is and I can't think where the years have gone since she was a wee one.

Ellis -

I did wonder where you were - that's exciting about the retirement. I wish you well in that.

Riot Kitty -

I know - I'm exhausted reading about it. :)

Snaggle Tooth said...

Looks like alot of free entertainment for your ride! Nice when folks understand sometimes are not great to chat- I couldn't go home due to a talker after my 10 hour shift tonight- n needed to get off the feet!
Great your neice is so accomplished n gives credit to her fine examples! Good for her

Lynn said...

Snaggle -

That's nice that you stayed to talk to that coworker - in spite of your tired feet.