Yesterday I was invited on another Make-A-Wish adventure.
A trip to visit with the Boston Celtics.
My fifth grade teacher, Mr.Meyer, had a man crush on Larry Bird. Even though he was from NY and taught in Oregon, his loyalties to the Celtics ran deep. If only he could see me now, I may have been able to receive extra credit!
I do not even know why I wear mascara to these events… As soon as the limo pulls up, I am a goner. I don’t even make it far enough to see the kids walk out before I blubbering like a baby. It is terribly pathetic.Regardless of my mental or emotional state, I still managed to have a wonderful time watching the eyes of these children sparkle. I do not know how you can experience something like this and not be moved.
The day began with breakfast overlooking the practice court… This group of kids were the first ever to be allowed on the court during a practice. When practice starts, the windows have automatic shades that roll down, so even staff is not allowed to watch practices.
Before heading down to the courts, The kids were surprised with the jersey of their favorite player. And also a pair of game shoes from their individual idols. *cue the tears again*
Front row seats to the practice
Paul Pierce spending time with the kiddos.
This young man just met his idol Ray Allen.
His mom lost it. Look at the emotion of all the women in the background
More tears. Ray Allen then proceeded to take him away from everyone for some one on one time in the team locker room. There wasn’t a dry eye.
Mr. Sunshine Himself, Kevin Garnett. He is like 12′ 4″ and all smiles. Its hard NOT to have a crush on him. The young man in the wheelchair just informed KG that Shaq should play defense and this was his response…
Shaq greets the crew and then the kids take turns wearing the 2008 world championship ring
It’s is truly an honor to be invited to document these events. Thank you to Make-A-Wish for unknowingly granting my life wish as well. Working with your organization truly was/is a dream.