25 years ago my mom’s best friend, Carrie McGargill, was a senior at Mercy. When she was a freshman just about everything was the same as it is now involving Welcome Day. She did wear a beanie instead of a greenie, which was a blue felt hat with mercy embroidered into it in yellow. In 1988 Schroeder park didn’t exist, so the students went down to either a park in south Omaha or our west by Millard South. The then called “beanie parade” was still something that the freshmen and seniors participated in. Carrie said “It’s one of my best memories of Mercy!”
This year the greenie parade was more than enthusiastic. Even though we were inside for part of the picnic, everyone still made the best of it and had fun. Inside we had board games and the flag football games. When we got outside we played kickball and had a whole lot of fun. Some Mercy dads grilled hot dogs for all of us. They were a big hit! Kona Ice was probably the highlight of the picnic because who doesn’t love a snow cone.
The difference between the current Welcome Day and the one from 25 years ago seems slight. As the world changes around us, it’s nice that some traditions stay mostly the same.