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At first I debated even putting up the canopy. The sky looked great out to the west from which we get most of our weather. After we finally erected the canopy over the tables of food the dark sky to the east continued to spread out in our direction, but I remained optimistic. We even took time to do lots of chalk drawings on the pavement, figuring they'd probably be there a while.
Scattered showers were predicted for the weekend. Ours wasn't the only walk held on Saturday, but naturally the showers would miss ours. Just a quick two mile hike. How long could that take?
It didn't help that the rain began before the walk did. It was a bearable, gentle rain for most of the walk, but towards the end we were crossing sidewalk streams and jumping at the close sound of thunder.
One person, an elderly former neighbor and friend of mine, was injured in a sidewalk fall. She was bruised and bleeding, but didn't break any bones. The lightning was so close it knocked out power to downtown, as two dozen or so hardy souls were out walking in the rain carrying
mini lightning rods umbrellas. It's sad anyone got injured, but fortunately injuries were limited to just the one person.
By the time we floated back all the food and tables were set up indoors. After working up an appetite walking I ate more hot dogs than I'd care to admit, but they were so good; having been grilled over charcoal and placed in the freshest buns. I couldn't resist and wasn't about to let them go to waste.
Thank you to all who donated or walked, helped, baked, organized... Thanks to the sponsors, especially Catholic Financial Life for the donations of food, funds and labor. Your help is greatly appreciated and it obviously wouldn't be the same without you. A special thank you goes to Ruth Anne for organizing this Friends of the Poor Walk and making it successful through all her hard work. Waukesha's poor need her and appreciate her.