I attended the ribbon waving event. Cried a lot, but smiled more. Took some photos:
The date and time for Lydia's ribbon waving event has been set:
Thursday, November 1 @ 5:00pm in the Herrle farm parking lot and laneway.
Lydia is on her way home!
On a date yet to be chosen (though likely the first Friday of November) people will wave green ribbons as the Herrle family gives Lydia a little tour around the parking lot and down the lane way. I will be there. Hopefully you will be too!
As many of you know, on May 17th tragedy struck a small rural town just outside Kitchener-Waterloo. Lydia Herrle was struck by a truck after getting off her school bus and has been in a coma ever since. Her parents, James and Michelle Herrle, own and operate Herrle's Country Farm Market and are not just well known in the community, they are well liked. They are blogging about their journey through this difficult time and you can read about it here:
I have only had the pleasure of meeting any Herrle on two occasions, both times it was Trevor: once last year at a community event where we exchanged a few minutes of pleasantries, and the other time earlier this morning. The first meeting was much happier. Today, I dropped off a gift for Lydia. A little something for her to look at when she wakes up. I also wrote a letter I hope someone will read aloud to her, and one that she will read herself some day soon.
I added some colourful stickers to brighten it up a bit. A cross, some music, some flowers, and few butterflies. Things I know will bring a smile to her face. My only wish for her now is that she wakes up to see them.
I won't post the entire letter here; that's for Lydia and her family to read, but I will share a particularly fitting quote that I used from Ralph Waldo Emerson:
"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."
So stay strong, Lydia. Stay strong, be patient, and know that there's an entire community by your side every step of the way.