Up­staged by a squir­rel

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM -

On Satur­day Septem­ber 22nd, I was among many peo­ple from the community all gath­ered at the town square for the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the clock tower. It was a happy and ex­cit­ing time. Af­ter months of prepa­ra­tion and work, we all got a chance to show our ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the many in­di­vid­u­als who do­nated their time and con­trib­uted in the cre­ation of the clock. One such per­son was my brother Guy Cloutier. He put in over 50 hours on the com­puter mak­ing 8 mod­els of the clock so the com­mit­tee would have a good choice. Then, af­ter the model was picked, he sent an elec­tronic file with all of the de­tails to the gran­ite com­pa­nies so that they could make the in­di­vid­ual pieces and they would all fit to­gether. He vis­ited each one of those com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als and ex­plained to them what was needed. He searched the in­ter­net to find the clock it­self. He was present at all of the clock com­mit­tee meet­ings, ev­ery day of the sym­po­sium and again while the clock tower was be­ing as­sem­bled in the square. Need­less to say I was look­ing for­ward to shout­ing and clap­ping when his turn came. His name was called and while he was mak­ing his way up to join the other con­trib­u­tors, Robert Shel­don, the pre­sen­ter, was dis­tracted by a squir­rel that was run­ning on the wire over­head. Af­ter mak­ing a com­ment about the squir­rel, he re­turned to his list on the pa­per and pro­ceeded to call the next name. No more men­tion of Guy’s con­tri­bu­tions to the mak­ing of the tower and no ap­plause for Guy... I was dumb­founded. There I was, hands apart and ready to clap and my jaw dropped as Bob called the next name. I should have asked Bob to re­peat Guy’s in­tro­duc­tion so that we could all ap­plaud, but I didn’t and I re­gret it. The time had passed and Guy missed out on the recog­ni­tion he so richly de­served. He didn’t do it for the pat on the back but it would have been nice to be ac­knowl­edged by his peers and the community on a job well done. Guy, your mo­ment is gone, but I want you to know that I am so proud of you. The clock tower is beau­ti­ful and it will be a last­ing tes­ta­ment to your ded­i­ca­tion to all of the lit­tle de­tails con­cern­ing ev­ery as­pect of its cre­ation. I ap­plaud you with all my heart. Your sis­ter who loves you very much. Denise Mueller,

Og­den, QC

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