My name is Kelela Kiyono and my son Teaen and I moved to Lee’s Summit two months ago. I am not very familiar with Lee’s Summit and although I was very excited about moving to a new community it ended up just the opposite. I was very discouraged about the move. My first night at my new residence someone stole a statue from the front of my garage, only to find it dumped in a field behind our residence. The next few days weren’t very encouraging either as I had to deal with vandals breaking and stealing my yard lights and little pint size to quart size artists congregating on my driveway and coloring it like a giant coloring book and leaving reminants of trash for me when I got home from work. I seriously thought many times about voiding my lease agreement with the property manager.
I now have a change of heart. My new outlook on the community and its residents has changed for the better. Over the past few months my son Teaen who is 5 years old participated in Lee’s Summit Baseball League which I was very happy with the program. The Parks and Recreation, coaches and parents worked together to notify players of cancellations due to weather. We’ve met a lot of new friends in the baseball circle. We attended the Legacy Blast 2013 which was very exciting despite the rain. We also attended the Farmer’s Market last Saturday where a woman who was selling bags of cookies allowed my 5-year-old to purchase his own single cookie with his own money that was jingling in his pocket the whole way from the parking lot to the market, a combination of quarters, dimes and mostly pennies totaling 83 cents.
My most recent positive outlook on the community was yesterday when I came across members of the Lee’s Summit United Methodist Church handing out sack lunches to the neighborhood children. It was so heartfelt knowing that there are others in this community who’s desire of achievement is to see a smile of someone’s face and to know that they are helping others in the community.
I would like to send a heartfelt message not only to Lee’s Summit United Methodist for their kindness towards the children of the community but also to others in the Lee’s Summit Community who take the time to stop and show their kindness. Whether it’s acknowledging someone’s existence with a greeting or allowing someone to cut in line at the local store. In this busy world we live in it is nice to know kindness still exists.