I stayed in Williamsburg last night and woke up to a beautiful morning, sunny and warm. I went back to the same spot on campus, but, strangely, there were very few students around. I decided to switch to another location, and still very few students walking around. I spent about 3 hours and talked to about 40-50 young men and women, had some good conversations, and figured it’s time to roll along. Everyone must have been in class.
I had a few mixed feelings upon leaving Kentucky. I certainly know I have to press on, but Kentucky was a warm and wonderful place. Everyone was so interested and willing to work to keep the idea alive. I hope they will send me their emails so I can keep in touch.
On my way to Knoxville and the University of Tennessee, I stopped at McDonald’s for a coffee. I met up with a church bus full of senior citizens, all women. They loved the bus, and I spoke to each one and gave each a sticker to remember the visit. They were a fun group.
The University of Tennessee is a downtown campus and, naturally, there’s nowhere to park. Eventually I found an unused truck delivery area and found the courage to park there. Bogart spotted a park across the street and pulled me over to it. The park had a statue of a man holding a torch with a perpetual flame. We quickly saw it was a statue of the Tennessee “Volunteer.” Very appropriate since this is the Volunteer State. I was there for about an hour, a nurses education building was close by so I was able to talk to many of the nursing students. This is a big campus, so I spent much of the rest of the day scouting things out for tomorrow.
I received an Email from a teacher, Cindy, in Havelock, Ontario. I’m not sure how she found me, but she wants to use the One Million Acts of Kindness as a program in their elementary school. There are about 300 kids in the school. What a great idea!
Also, I got a phone call from Amy Kelley, who saw me in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She is the head of a day care center with kids from 2 to 13 and she would love to use the Kindness Project in their center. I hope this word keeps spreading like this.