Joseph has watched the new firehouse in Glenwood, across from his elementary school, being built literally from the ground up. Last winter we watched the steamrollers tamping down the earth, this fall we watched the walls and roof go up, the concrete being poured, wires being connected, sod being laid. We stopped by so much that this fall the general contractor finally approached our vehicle and asked if we wanted a tour before it actually opened.
Hence, Joseph and I attended the opening dedication service this past Monday. When Joe caught sight of the huge scissors for the ribbon cutting at the end, he begged to cut the ribbon. He asked a couple of firefighters who kind of giggled and replied "You are going to have to ask a bigger-wig than me".
As Joseph squirmed and giggled...a gift from above. Ken Ulman, Howard County Executive, looked into the crowd, saw a smattering of kids and said "Hey, who wants to help me cut this ribbon?" Joseph looked up at me, eyes in awe, and I nodded "Go ahead".
Now. Joseph didn't get to actually hold the scissors, but he held onto the ribbon. Check out here to see the pure joy of a boy living his dream.