March 22, 2011
“Last Saturday, I asked Ruth Byrdsong to help me surprise my friend, Burnece Brunson with a special birthday breakfast.
“On Thursday, I flew to Nashville and rented a car to drive to Gilbertsville, Ky. to present a keynote and workshop for pre-K and kindergarten teachers of the Calloway County Regional Training Center.
“Upon my return to Nashville, I called Ruth. She then called Mrs. Brunson and invited her to breakfast. Mrs. Brunson agreed.
“When I arrived at the door with Ruth, Mrs. Brunson was so surprised. She could not believe that I would come to Nashville to have breakfast with her.
“After the shock wore off, we all went to Cracker Barrel. At the end of our meal, I asked Ruth to hold my iPhone and tape what I was about to do.
“I sang Happy Birthday to 96-year-old Burnece Brunson. She was so surprised!!!
“I am so thankful for her seven-plus decades of leadership in the field of early childhood education. Her daughter, Carol Brunson Day, is the CEO of the National Black Child Development Institute, Inc.”