A colleague just texted me that we won the ox and here's my response:
I do feel pride and relief that our ox will stay at home in front of the school but more so than that, I genuinely appreciate the connectedness of those in our school community who made this happen. I felt that the gift, was already given once I knew that the 5th grade committees were planning to bid on and win the ox.
The bigger picture, the connectedness, is the real gift for me. Knowing that the painted ox meant enough for others to bid and win this piece of sculpture for our school. It means a whole lot to me.
The best things in life are definitely not things...the best things in life are people...it's memories and being connected with those around us.
It looks as though all of the schools will be keeping their oxen as well. Huge relief for us all!
A special thank you to the 5th grade committee and Britt Dominick for making this happen for our school.