We braved the harsh rainy weather early this morning to make our way to the annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration at the historic Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara. We felt it was worth bundling Rudy up and taking him out in this dreary weather to see big brother Max present his winning poem at the big event. Max was this year’s first place poetry winner in a city-wide competition among 1st-6th graders. It was a morning filled with state and local dignitaries, speeches and music but our favorite contributor was, of course, Max:
Live Together Poem by Max Geyling
We should treat each other equally
Black men and white men with
Black women and white women
And all other kinds of colors of people
We should bring each other flowers
In the early morning hours.
As brothers and sisters living in peace,
Our hatred and sorrow will be released.
If we listen to MLK Jr. and keep our cool,
We’ll perish as friends, not as fools.
Luckily it’s over where I live
Because I have friends of all colors.
We’ve noticed we can have fun
With the ones our ancestors called dumb.
We can play together,
and die together.
At our school you won’t find one fool.
Max was well supported by Wilson, Olivia and Rudy and his teacher, Miss Grant, who was kind enough to come as well. It was a special opportunity and Rudy enjoyed being a part of it all…
And so, we mark our journey with Rudy with yet another memorable holiday. ‘Just 10 more days until the heart cath…anxious and excited…and, as always, very grateful.