A Happy Birthday

The following is a message from Summit Education Initiative Executive Director Derran Wimer. It appears in the June 2017 “Align & Engage” enewsletter.

I just celebrated a birthday. My two sons and daughter-in-law gave me the best present. They shoveled, wheeled, spread and raked nine tons of limestone as a surprise for me.

I had this looming pile of stones staring at me and weighing on my conscience. What a huge relief to see photos of the pile decimated to a 2-inch covering.

My back and legs appreciate the gift, but more so my heart.

I did not ask them to do this. They saw the work that needed to be done and simply went to work. That is the real gift. Sometimes you face a pile of rocks and you just have to roll up your sleeves, sweat a little and move the rocks.

In the end, the rocks are in a different place and it is a little better. Better because you worked hard. Better because you accomplished something. Better because you helped someone. Better because no one asked you to do it.

I thank their teachers, coaches and advisors.