Guess you know what today is? April fool’s day, right?
If this column is a dud, I can blame it on the day. And well I might should not because of the date, but because I’m coming in on a wing and a prayer. Have you ever had such a good time, you thought it might do you in for keeps? That’s the state of euphoria I’ve been in for a week.
It began with the party for our baby, due in late April. What a glorious time we had. Daughter-in-law Mary Hilan, her son Matt and his wife Kelly, shopped and decorated until almost midnight the night before and were back at it the next morning. Quite a to-do for an expected baby, but worth every minute of their time and effort. I helped a lot — No! I only filled the little baby bottles with candy that lined the table tops. I may not have worked on it, but I’ll bet no one had more fun than I.
In the past few weeks, I have spoken to several area young people who are starting high school this fall. Every one of them told me how excited they were. In the coming years, they will be dealing with many young adult issues, such as getting a driver’s license, perhaps getting a job, and preparing for college. Chances are excellent that they will also have to learn how to deal with dating violence.
Central Louisiana Area Health Education Center collaborated with North Louisiana Medical Center and Lincoln Parish School Board to bring the “A-HEC of a Summer” program to high school students living in Lincoln Parish. Twelve students were selected to volunteer at North Louisiana Medical Center for 15 days this summer, rotating through various departments in the hospital to gain hands-on experiences with the goal of determining whether or not a health career is a good choice for their future.