1 last Hurrah! Fireworks, swim flippers still enjoy the pools, and the BBQs are being fired up. As we jump into School, I always try to look back, make note of what memories = a thumbs up? Some of the best JOY, from first glance, can be down right horrible!
As I speak with so many who have been big “FANS” of the summer season, we’ve had fun sharing the most horrible wonderful outcomes. Our TOP 10 would have to include:
1) Head Lice – What? Treatments, itching, …the whole process is horrible. In consideration, if you are soooooooooooo close to the kids you minister to… that the result is that you get “Bugs”-KUDOS to your devotion!
2) Mud & Muscles – When you are soooooooooooooo sore that the floor appears to be 2 miles from your bed, or you are still sneezing dirt the next few days… you know that you’ve given your “All” on a mud day (obstacle course). From Zombies to Watermelons, from High School to families… a glutton for punishment, we finish the summer with Mud, Guts & Glory @ King’s Domain (fundraiser with Bengals for 2014 summer camps).
3) 2 teens being processed in the Foster Care System. When a means to creating trust with a teen, is reading and quoting a teen book series by heart (Gregor the Overlander). The 2 boys are fortunate to be out of harm’s ways, and in NEW homes that are brand new converted foster families (thank you Crossroads Community Church & so many others who are getting involved).
4) Food poisoning or … Bathroom Runs Galore after trying a Vegetarian or Vegan diet. So many of our teens and millenials are leading the way when it comes to LOCAL fresh animal free food. We’ve visited a dozen farmer’s markets over the summer, strange items tried & consumed.
TIP: Some discomfort could be avoided, if one remembers many use organic fertilizer (i.e.
Animal poop) wash things 3xs to guarantee the absence of ecoli.
5) Stitches or ++injuries - When teaching tennis (wasn’t thinking it was a contact sport ), playing marbles, hiking…. To the extreme end: breaking up a fight between students, or when standing up for nonviolence - You’re clobbered! Who wants to just sit? Besides, Scars are cool!
6) When taking a vow to only buy “Made in America” or “Free Trade” materials, it ends up challenging members to the core. To what lengths fellow vowies have gone (asking contacts to literally make the items), or even the consumer Moderation that has resulted. Do we really need that stuff? Discovering we really treasure friendship, holiness, wisdom, ….
7) Treating Sunburn or Poison Ivy after taking kids and families camping for the first time. Leaves of 3 right? Certain that experience breeds learning, as many found listening skills should have been called upon. Crickets caused insomnia, mosquitoes raised bumps, and campfires with somemores were enjoyed ferociously.
8) Being Throw up on after riding a Rollercoaster with a student …. Did I say 20xs in a row! Testing your limits to win a dare has its’ own triumph. What are a few chunks when you’ve experienced victory?
9) Minions, Mind overload, and Eye Bleary after watching tons of trailers including: Veggie Tales, Superheroes, Duck Dynasty, Honey BoBo, Disney … or listening to scads of new music releases, or attempting to play the latest Xbox game(s). Some are shocking, others disgusting, while others just make you laugh!! The next generation isn’t hard to understand, they are just on stimulus overload. Despicable Me 2 still is a summer favorite, who doesn’t love when an evil genius is redeemed (not to mention singing minions).
10) Feeling like you’re Standing before a Tsunami and trying to swim! When it’s ok to be Accused of a Disease called Justice . The cure for it seems to have a number of results:
a) Freedom for Girls in forced prostitution through IJM, Go India… No to Human Trafficking!
b) Freedom of Education when Summer Tutoring or Book Clubs happen.
c) Freedom of Consumerism with Short term mission trips (when participants appreciate their faith, their homes, siblings, running water & electric)
d) Nutritional Freedom when Urban farming is introduced (redeeming land & people, even when you have a brown thumb)
e) Freedom from food insecurity when manning soup kitchens and/or stocking food pantries….. Can’t forget Rubber Duck Reggada today! What fun to feed while floating…
f) Freedom from Prejudice or preconceived outcomes: Taking a new swing with students, when MLK’s “I have a Dream” speech has it’s 50th anniversary.
What were your highlights for the summer of 2013?
ould have to include: