Below is my weekly contribution to the optimism virus sweeping the blogosphere.
The Hermiston Lion's Club held an Easter egg hunt last weekend. For the past eight years the Lions have invited special needs children to hunt eggs in a local park. I have been a Lion for three years and the Easter egg hunt is my favorite activity.
The kids are greeted by students dressed as Peter Rabbit, Thumper, and, of course, a lion. The children each have their pictures taken with Peter. High school students volunteer to wear the costumes and they do a great job of encouraging the children to participate. They patiently help the kids to adjust to the unfamiliar giant plush animals.
The Lions "hide" hundreds of eggs across the lawn and the kids find all of them in just a few minutes. This hunt is designed for special needs students. There are a limited number of participants and lots of eggs. Even the child who needs to flap his arms and turn in circles three times before starting to hunt is assured of securing eggs before they are all claimed by other participants.
It was a cold and windy spring morning in the park, but my heart was warmed watching the smiles on the children's faces.
I am grateful for community organizations like the Lion's who make our communities good places to live.