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Tomorrow marks the beginning of my new adventure, as I begin my training at Olive Garden. I think I’m really looking forward to the challenge of learning a new skill set, and I relish the idea of occasionally sharing a shift with my daughter. Over the many years that I have eaten at Olive Garden and watched Georgia work, it never occurred to me that I might someday be on staff with her.

But this morning was a magical time with Miss Olivia, tea, and the hummingbird. We knew the day was going to heat up rapidly, but around 9:00 a.m. it was just perfect for breakfast al fresco. Once again, the hummer tolerated our being very close to him, and didn’t seem to be bothered by our voices.

My breakfast companion

My breakfast companion

Lunch was special, too, as we joined a couple of friends down at the Oval Park for a picnic lunch. This was our first opportunity to demonstrate intentionality about the positive changes happening at The Oval by being an ordinary presence at the park. I hope (schedule cooperating) to make this a regular happening. Visalians need to reclaim this park as a viable, safe place to visit and relax, and we can start one picnic lunch at a time.