I had so much fun as approximately 40 kids from the Sarasota area, ranging in ages from 4 to 6 years old, joined me for breakfast at my favorite place, The Broken Egg in Lakewood Ranch. The children, along with their teachers, piled into their school bus for a mini field trip to meet "Yours Truly" and enjoy some of the delicious pancakes, eggs and fruit from The Broken Egg. The kids also enjoyed a special behind-the-scenes tour of the busy happenings inside a restaurant and how it operates in the kitchen. In fact, each kid had a blast as they helped the cooks when they helped to crack several eggs in the kitchen! The kids were all very well-mannered and had a great time. But, honestly, I think I had more fun than all of them combined.
I even had a chance to share some words with the kids and expressed how important I believe it is for them to listen to their parents and teachers and follow good advice, I am a strong believer that kids are never too young to start talking to them about the importance of making intelligent decisions in life. Of course, I had to make sure as they left that no child left empty-handed. I gave each kid an autographed book and some kids even won a special autographed basketball. Even though, I may have been the one that treated the kids to a fun-filled breakfast, I think that in the end, I was the one that was really treated to a special and memorable morning. The kids that joined me were from Children First Head Start and Early Head Start of Sarasota County and their dedicated teachers who joined the children for the morning were: Laura Ruble, Carla Williams, Marty Plouffe, Elham Abusalih, Julia Lamons, Sheri Penxa, and Martha Skelton.