Streamline - Fall 2015 - (Page 7)
BY PAM BAUGHMAN, VRWA PRESIDENT
What if the Hokey Pokey
Really is What it's All About?
You remember The Hokey Pokey? You put
your right hand in, take your right hand out, put
your right hand in and you shake it all about, you
do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself about,
that's what it's all about.
I have often wondered what it's all about, but
when I think about it I start singing the Hokey
Pokey song in my head and forget what I was
wondering about. I remember doing the Hokey
Pokey at roller skating rinks, weddings and school
dances when I was young, but I was having fun
and never questioned what it's all about.
As I get older, I find myself really pondering
what it's all about. Have I said things I've wanted
to? Have I done things I've wanted to? In most
cases the answer is no, I could have done or said
more. Oh please don't get me wrong; I have a good
life. I have a family that I adore and love with my
whole heart. I have great friends, I love my job, and
I have a home, a car, some money in the bank. Do
these things show me what it's all about?
Every parent's dream for their children is for
them to go out into the world and forge a life of
their own. If they become independent, wage earning, law abiding citizens, we, as parents, feel we
have done our job.
My daughter and her husband did exactly that,
but they did it eight hours away. Although I am very
proud of them, my heart was completely broken
when they moved away. Not only did my daughter
and son-in-law move eight hours away, they took
my granddaughters, too! My worst fear was that
my granddaughters would not remember me. This
separation has not been a Hokey Pokey time in my
life. Every visit ends with the dreaded goodbye;
and the heartache starts all over again.
For me, nothing can replace seeing my granddaughters face-to-face, hugging them, kissing
them, being involved in their everyday lives. I
miss so much because they are so far away.
On our way home from a visit with my daughter
and her family, my parents and I stopped for some
lunch and a break from the driving. It was just
before Christmas and the restaurant was packed.
Four hours prior, I had said the dreaded goodbye, knowing I would not see them on Christmas
As we sat in that restaurant waiting for our
lunch, my parents and I talked about our visit.
I was crying and trying to get it together. Our
food was delivered, we ate and the waitress
came by to see if we needed anything else. My
Dad responded, "Just the check when you have
the time." The waitress smiled and said that the
bill had been paid by someone in the restaurant, someone who wanted to wish us a merry
My parents and I were stunned. We have heard
of such kindness, but never experienced it firsthand. Did someone notice my grief? Did someone
notice my Dad's difficulties? Why would someone
do that for us?
This was my "aha" moment. This is what it's
We sat there, still stunned, not knowing what
to do. We talked about it and decided to pay it
forward, right then. We paid the full amount of
our lunch plus the tip to the waitress. She cried
and thanked us. She stated that the money would
help make her Christmas merry and bright.
So this is what it's all about. If we would all
do something kind for someone every day, can
you imagine how quickly it would spread? It
doesn't have to be something big or expensive:
say thank you, let someone go ahead of you in the
grocery line, pay a toll for someone, buy coffee
or lunch. I promise you it will make a difference
in someone's life.
Let's start a revolution, so everyone can know
what it's all about!
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Fall 2015
From the President: What if the Hokey Pokey Really is What it’s All About?
From the Executive Director: The Value of Membership
VRWA’s 2015 Expo Wrap Up
Membership is Free, but its Value to your Utility may be Priceless!!
How to Prepare for a Lab Audit
Tomorrow’s Leaders: Attracting Young Professionals
Amherst Source Water Protection
USDA Rural Development/Virginia
Keeping Workers Safe During Night-Time Repairs
Affordable Mixers Now Available for Southern Corrosion Engineered Tank Care Customers
When Consolidation Makes cents
VRWA Offers New Member Benefits
Throwing My Loop: Another View
Do you know what your VRWA Benefits are?
Welcoming New Members
Board of Directors
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Fall 2015