I haven't been on here for the last two weeks blogging. So much can happen in just a short amount of time. Where I have been? Well, each year in July, our office hosts the local 4-H fair for the county and it is a wonderful (yet hot and humid) time for all. Since Bill and I can't have children, it's such a blessing to us to be able to help these young 4-H members grow and develop in the program and then go on to be successful young adults.
This year, we had a celebrity, so to speak, visit the fair. Rupert Boneham from the television show "Survivor" is running for governor, yes I said governor for the state of Indiana. He stopped by our fair to judge our first ever "Ice Cream Crank Off" in memory of long time ice cream enthusiasts Leona Mae Clark. Then he stuck around to meet and greet 4-H members and families.
While he was signing autographs and visiting with 4-H members, I was able to get to know Rupert a little bit better. He is a unique individual. With him, what you see is what you get. He was excellent with everyone that stopped by to visit with him. He loved telling the kids that he won a million dollars just by being nice to others and having respect for himself and others. He encouraged the youth to be kind to each other and strive to be their best. He never once said that he was running for governor and to vote for him. He promoted the golden rule over politics. I was impressed.
Afterwards, Bill and I were invited to go out to dinner with some of our 4-H friends and Rupert was going to be attending as well...I'm thinking to myself, how cool is this? At dinner, he was funny and intelligent in his speaking. He made sure to thank the servers at the restaurant before he left for allowing all of us to eat in a private room uninterrupted. He even signed autographs for all the employees at the restaurant.
Rupert, thank you for being you. You were the highlight of the 4-H fair for me.