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News: 06/01/2009

Bobby inspires a field of dreams

“The Bobby Show” is on tour and is making lots of stops along the way to the Land of Oz. It’s so hard to see the good when there is such deep sadness and heartbreak, unless it’s staring you in the face. We have all been hit with Bobby Fever and it’s very contagious. We’ve got random acts of kindness happening like crazy. This whole “what would Bobby do” theme has taken on a life of its own, and this village that is raising our children has shown its true colors, brighter than ever.

It was Field of Dreams meets an Amish barn-raising on Memorial Day at the Musser-Kirby Ranch, organized by Paul and Kendra Kolling. Say you’re going to build it, and they will come. And come they did, just past dawn before the fog lifted, and they stayed until long after dark. It was not just Kenwood either, but several different communities coming together to create a baseball field, enough to be able to play on! And not only that – a large market garden was completed, with compost, seeds, plants and a deer fence. Diane’s beautiful flower garden was given a makeover that could grace the cover of Sunset Magazine. A bocce ball court was built by some of the finest builder dads in the county. The sandbox was reconstructed, and filled not only with sand, but with children of all ages. There was a delicious potluck BBQ, with hand cranked homemade strawberry ice cream, swimming, soccer, and great conversations. If there was any bad to be had on this day, it was how the Kenwood kids made the deputy sheriffs look on the baseball field. Talk is the deputies want a rematch!

The effort put forth and the camaraderie that existed on this day was amazing. It’s a true testament to human nature reacting to this tragedy as if to counterbalance the bad with extreme good; to sweat and bond and laugh and play together with a purpose. It was stopping to look around and to really see Bobby in everyone. Even though we all wanted to also reach out and touch him and watch him in the mix, he was there among us. And we need to continue to see his beauty everywhere if we are to survive this heartache.

“The Bobby Show” never really left Kenwood School. A butterfly friendship garden, outdoor classroom and amphitheatre are in the process of being built in Bobby’s name. And it looks like a stop in Santa Rosa has been booked, too. Bobby deserves a lot of credit, but not all of it. Mike, Diane and Christopher also have the ability to walk into a room, light it up, and make new friends in the process. Just ask Pizzeria Grillo owner Tony Grillo. He is so taken by the love of this family and their loss, that he is hosting a fundraiser on Tuesday, June 2. Tony will donate a portion of the entire day’s proceeds to “The Bobby Musser-Kirby Memorial Fund.” Mike, Diane and Christopher, along with friends and family, will be at Pizzeria Grillo from 5-9 p.m. So come show your support, have a great meal, and just like the Kirbys always do, meet new friends! The Restaurant is located in the Bennett Valley Shopping Center, 2765 Yulupa Ave, and they can be reached at 522-1300.

You can bet the show will also make a short stop in Vegas, Baby, on June 6 at Imagery Estate Winery for the incredibly fun, not to be missed, Lights, Camera, Auction!, where we will let our inner Vegas out.

And then, from Vegas to the Land of Oz. The big summer performance will be held on June 13 at Cline Cellars, at 3 p.m. Everyone will be transported down the yellow brick road to the Emerald City and end up in the Land of Oz. Come in costume if you want to, and please do carpool. Bobby’s Celebration of Life will have a live performance by Broadway Bound Kids, and a special guest star will sing. The entire community is invited to attend.

I am amazed at how everyone is sort of getting it – slowly replacing the anguish with the overwhelming response of love, understanding and even joy. Super Bobby is living up to his name even in death, and the very least we can do is live up to it, too.


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