Friday, September 19, 2014

Day 48 #HappyGoGrateful - Mary Hegener Parker

One of the most difficult things about moving out of New York City, is leaving Washington Square Park and its people. That place has been home for me. I've had so many amazing experiences there, made tons of friends, and most importantly, I found a family in Washington Square Park.

What happened when you leave your home and live in another place? After a while, you got homesick. Well, in my case, it wasn't "after a while". I got homesick the day I was leaving, even when I was still in the city.

What's been helping me since I left, is the Washington Square group in Facebook, initiated by Mary. Those daily updates of what's going on there have been really helpful for my NYC homesick.

I don't think we ever thank you properly for starting this initiative. What you did has become more than just a place for us to stay updated on the park, it also makes everyone closer to each other. We've been communicating better with each other. You made us a family.

Dr. King once said that life's most persistent and urgent question is "what are you doing for others?". For me, you've become an example of how to answer that question. You put others' needs first before your own, and you made it look so easy. You've made this purpose larger than yourself, and it has impacted me (and I believe, all of us) with your loving and thoughtful personality.

I'm happy to be a part of this family. It's a loving family where everyone genuinely supports each other. But I'm even more grateful for having you in my life. As someone to talk to, someone to listen and learn from, someone who keeps sending me awesome cloud pictures, someone to laughed with....and as someone to love and care about.

You can answer Dr. King that you've made our lives more meaningful...worth living and smiling for. You've enrich the life of others, Mary. I'm one those many "others", and I love you and thank you. 




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