What a fun and whirlwind weekend from last Thursday night through Sunday evening when I had the amazing privilege of flying to Washington, DC with local Madrigal Choir Director, Nancie Tobison, her group of more than a dozen singers and chaperones. We met up in DC with the Barrington Village Singers from Illinois, a group Nancie has taken to the White House for the past 10 years. What a blessing to join them for the 11th year! We participated in tours of the News Museum, the new Museum of the Bible, the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Korean Memorial and other famous sites. We thoroughly enjoyed the musical “Amazing Grace” at the Museum of the Bible. Saturday was the highlight of the trip when the first notable item on the agenda was an opportunity for our Anthem youth to sing at the historical old post office building that is now a Trump Hotel. Then it was on to the White House where our youth did beautiful renditions of Christmas songs in the large rotunda area of the White House. While they were entertaining the crowds passing through, the adult choir was able to view many of the White House rooms, decorated so elegantly. Then we adults had our turn singing for about 90 minutes. We wrapped up around 4:00 PM, feet hurting (at least mine) and happy to have it over! Then, lo and behold, Nancie received word from a White House staffer that the President was on his way back from NYC to the White House via helicopter and wished to have the opportunity to meet us. About 5:30 PM the helicopter landed with a flurry of activity and excitement. The President shook hands of those of us lined up along the walkway and took time to say a few words to nearly everyone. When it was my turn I just said, “I love you, Mr. President”, and he responded, “I love you, too”. Then he put his hand on my shoulder and said something like “it’s getting better” or “things are getting better.” I don’t know for sure. I was so rattled! Not everyone is a supporter of President Trump, but I saw firsthand the warmth he exudes. My friend, Peggy Foster, made the Today show the next morning because the camera had caught her lovely face in the crowd! She’s still walking on Cloud 9!
To conclude our unforgettable day, we cruised down the Potomac River on a 400 foot dinner vessel. The food was delicious and plentiful, but I think we would have been happy even if it had been sawdust. Why did I get to go on this splendid journey? I’m still asking myself that very question! Certainly not because of great singing ability but because of a friend who loves me, flaws and all. That’s how God views us, His children, with unconditional love, imperfect though we may be. Some have told me I’m lucky because it seems so many exciting things happen in my life. Quite frankly, I don’t believe in luck. I believe I was just blessed to be in the right place at the right time with the right friend, and it was all orchestrated by God who knows just what I needed for a time such as this. Seriously!