Earlier this week, Grace and I toured the new visitor center at the Gates foundation. It was inspiring to walk through the rooms, reading about and seeing pictures of all the charitable work that they do throughout the world. The space was beautiful, and as expected with something associated with Bill Gates, everything was very high tech.
My first experience with the Gates foundation was right after I started teaching. I taught in a very poor school in Idaho, but the Gates foundation supplied the school with a new computer lab. That left quite an impression on me at the time. Now that I live in the Seattle area, I see and experience gifts to the community, from the Gates foundation, frequently. While I do have some questions about some of their philosophies, I have a great deal of respect and admiration for this foundation. They give billions of dollars away, and they really do follow the principle, to those who are given much, much is required.
The visitor center is in the same neighborhood as the new Chihuly Garden and Glass. We were too early to go inside though. It does not open to the public until May 21st. I can't wait to see it.
I did my best to peak through the trees into the garden. I saw enough to know that I want to see more.
We also had a picnic lunch at Kerry Park. We talked about how we'd both like to live and work in this neighborhood some day. The place where Grace would like to work is right around the corner from the Gates foundation (which is where I'd like to work). We made plans to meet for lunch at the park again, when we're both working our dream jobs. : )