Defining – or Defying – Normal

Tim and Patti Kaminski celebrating their 28th anniversary out and about at Hotel ZaZa.

“Back to normal” has become such a subjective term.  I’m not entirely certain what it means, and honestly, I’m not a big proponent of normal.  I tend to subscribe to the adage, “I tried to be normal once – worse two minutes of my life.” But I must confess, the past few weeks have felt like we have been back in the swing of things – back to some type of normalcy – here in the Bend just in time for Spring.  It’s been heartwarming to see so many friends that we haven’t seen for a while – healthy, happy and out and about.  And this month, there’s so many amazing activities going on to fill up your Spring calendar to encourage you to just do that – get out and about.

A Sugar Land staple is back this month, and frankly, it is one of my family’s favorites: The Exchange Club of Sugar Land’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner.  For years when my babies were little, we went as a family, then as they grew and flew the nest, Tim and I attended.  Heck, I even judged one year, and it was one of the toughest gigs ever!  The Spaghetti Dinner is one of the most fun evenings hosted by an amazing organization that does so much good in our community, and it happens on April 23rd.  Read all about the plans for this year’s event on page 15.

Another family fav is back!  Precinct 1 Commissioner Vincent Morales’ Annual Pig Roast & Crawfish Boil at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds is on April 9th.  This year’s event features a kids’ zone plus a live concert by the 80’s cover band The Spazmatics. Go to for more information.   

And if you’re looking for activities specifically for your littles, the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center has a full calendar this April.  Check out all of their activities on page 32, including the opportunity to hop on out to meet the Easter Bunny on April 16th!   

A full calendar is somewhat normal for me, even though I’m at odds with the word “normal” as a general rule. I believe Maya Angelou said it best: “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”  Be amazing my friends, be out and about, and be as exceptionally un-normal as you can possibly be, because normal really is overrated.

Stay focused,