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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Still Waters Run Deep: Warming the Soul

  • I have to admit that it was hard coming up with a good idea for this week.
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  • I have to admit that it was hard coming up with a good idea for this week.
    Was I going to make fun of the Giants for losing yet again? Would I talk about the awesome team connection with Nick Foles and the other Eagles?
    It was when I took Sean to his bowling group on Saturday that it hit me: my topic was right in front of me.
    I've mentioned this bowling group before. They're individuals from all over the county going bowling through Special Olympics. And wow, they are much bigger this year.
    I've gotten to know a few of these individuals over the past few years and they seem as happy to have me there as they are seeing their friends.
    They see me and they give me hugs or high-fives and they're always joking around with me too.
    It's a lot of fun watching them bowl and seeing the enjoyment they get from being there and seeing friends again. For a lot of them, they don't see each other throughout the year except when the bowling group is taking place, so it's even more special for them and they seem to cherish that a lot. It's almost as if they pick up where they left off before.
    Looking around at the group bowling and even talking to some parents (who only found out about the group this year and said how it's a great thing for them), it reminded me that when I do this Bowling for Autism fundraiser each year, it's all for them.
    They are the reasons behind making the event as successful as possible. When those funds are raised and I donate the money to a local organization, I know that I'm doing something right and that I'm a part in helping them out.
    I know I didn't have a worry that day, because these individuals know the perfect way to make you smile, even if they don't realize they are doing it.
    Waters is a staff writer for The Wayne Independent and can be reached at kwaters@wayneindependent.com.
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