A Too-Brief Advisory Board Visit

One of my goals since my accident was to progress to the point that, when our Advisory Board members came into town for their annual retreat, I would feel well enough to see them. I knew I wouldn’t be able to attend the entire retreat, but I did want to spend a few minutes with these amazing ladies. . .

Well, I reached my goal last night! Our six Advisory Board members arrived on Sunday for their meetings here in town, and I was able to spend a few minutes with them last night. They had had all-day meetings on Monday and Tuesday, and they came over to the house for a brief visit last night. It wasn’t as long as I would have liked, but it was wonderful to hug them and visit with them and get to know them a little bit better.

Part of the Advisory Board Retreat tradition is My Favorite Things, where each board member shares a few of her favorite things with me and the other members of the board. I look forward to that part of the retreat every year and felt badly that I would miss most of it this year, although I did share a few of my favorite things with these women before they left my house.

Because I knew I wouldn’t be able to spend the entire evening with them, I chose to treat them to one of my favorite things—a service at Brick Canvas. So after they left our house, they headed to Brick Canvas where they enjoyed either a facial or massage. We had worked them hard the two days of the retreat, so hopefully the service helped them relax. (Maybe it will turn out to be such a great idea that from now on, board members will hope I’m not available so they can do it every year!)

The retreat ended last night, and our board members headed home today. I enjoyed meeting them ever-so-briefly and am grateful for the time I spent with them. In addition, Sara took careful notes last night during the remainder of the My Favorite Things activity, and she shared those notes with me today, along with the gifts they shared. So although I wasn’t there in person, I do feel like I know these leaders and appreciated so much all they did the past two days. .  . and I look forward to getting to know them even better this coming year.