We were excited to greet our first outside volunteer since March 2020 when the pandemic shutdown started in DC. Elijah, a junior at Georgetown Preparatory School wore his mask, social distanced, and stayed outside, but most importantly he cleaned out our fish pond. We lost our beloved goldfish last March sadly, to a creature we have yet to identify. We know it had claws, and we know it wreaked havoc as plants and bricks were tossed about and there were to our great dismay missing fish. This was our first murder mystery that we know of at the Home, and we hope our last. But, hope springs eternal, spring is decidedly here and the days are warming up so we will soon get some new goldfish. Guests and Staff at the Home never tire of our goldfish friends. This crew were 5 years old and were pleasant companions, especially in the summer after a hot day had finally cooled off and our splashy friends were ready for dinner. We are thinking of new names: Splash, Goldie, Moby or perhaps Clementine. If we want to name our fish in keeping with popular names of our organization’s founding year 1868 we might consider: Ruby, Lola, Essie, or Minnie.
Elijah, on a more serious volunteer note also is crafting a cancer prevention and awareness seminar for Guests. Thank you Elijah for being part of our community!