Perfect day for a picnic

Mike, a motorcyclist from Michigan was returning from the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and saw our St. Joseph’s Indian School sign along Interstate 90. As I was walking to chapel for midday prayer, he drove up and introduced himself.

“I send a little money when I can and just wanted to make sure you had a real school and I wasn’t just sending money to a fat cat driving a limousine. But you look like your picture and I can see you have a lot for the kids to do on campus, so I’m glad to meet you and glad I stopped.”

Then he was on his way. We’re always glad when people are passing through and able to stop and see what we’re about.

Most of our planning and preparation meetings are over, and we finished the day with an “All Staff Picnic”. It’s fun to spend time with the spouses, children and family that belong to our staff and I don’t get to see too often during our workdays. Some of the kids I hardly recognize as they’ve changed and grown so much in a year. Some may even continue on a family tradition and someday become part of our staff themselves. The past couple of years the picnic has been beset by too much heat. Today the temperature was perfect, but then a fierce rainstorm blew in. While it sent a few people scurrying home, it caused more than the usual crew to stay and visit.