Grace Mehan's birthday marked the first celebration at the 56 Metro Bus stop at West Lockwood Avenue and Austin Place when her father surprised her with a happy birthday sign. Now, Grace is paying the favor forward.
Gail Kerber, currently of Kirkwood and formerly of Glendale, was so touched by the story of Grace's Glendale Bus Stop that she wanted to start her 60th birthday celebration with Grace at the local landmark.
Kerber said the following via Grace's Glendale Bus Stop Facebook
Hi Grace and family. You are such an inspiration to me. Could I contribute to your decorating fund or bus budget.? Nothing big but I am celebrating my b-day by doing little things I wouldn't normally do. I am going to be 60 and still learning and being inspired by people like you Grace! I smile when I go by that bus stop but now that I know the story behind it, I can smile and think of you.
The Mehans were happy to grant the wish.
"We were touched by her message and invited her to join us at the bus stop to celebrate," said Grace's mom, Colleen Mehan.
Kerber was the second guest at the Grace's Glendale Bus Stop.
"The response to Grace’s Glendale Bus Stop has been overwhelming — people wanting to know more about it and see more," Mehan said. "So rather than let so much time lapse between holidays, we thought occasional guests at the bus stop would be fun and would keep the momentum going."
The first guest to the stop was Grace's younger sister, Maggie, Grace's idol, closest friend, best influence and role model. Maggie brought a few friends with her, the Nerinx Hall JV soccer team.
Maggie is a sophomore at Nerinx and a member of the team. Grace has become the team's unofficial mascot and head cheerleader for any team on which Maggie is a member.
After a 9-0 victory over Notre Dame High School, the girls came to the house for a team bonding event and made a stop at the bus stop.
See the photos of the fun.
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