What I am about to say in this sentence is not going to be exciting, profound, or inspirational but in fact, something most humans know; children are difficult. Especially children you have not grown up with or raised and don’t know all the traits and characteristics of.
For the past three days, I have been active in the Summer Program at the Log Church and have been learning how to work with thirty children from different homes, situations, and with entirely different personalities. I’ve had to deal with many situations that have frustrated me and upset me because I didn’t yet know how to handle what was happening.
Today was hump day and I could already feel the stress of it weighing me down. I had just tried to console an angry four-year old who ended up just needing a minute alone. I walked back to the board game area and sat down for a minute and then felt a light tapping on my arm and turned around to see the little four-year old girl duck down her head and quietly apologize. Then she pushed something in my hand which turned out to be a handful of flowers. I was shocked and enthralled! I know I’m here to be a leader and to avoid trying to be the best friend of all the kids, but can we be honest? Most people want to be liked regardless of any age group or job position. When the other children saw how happy that made me, they started running around the playground picking more flowers, which slowly turned to weeds, which eventually became small branches.
I needed this little moment of pure childhood love. This summer will be stressful and possibly some tears but I can keep my flowers (I had to dispose of the larger pointier ones) until they die and keep one in my journal, and remember what this summer is about.
(One other awesome thing that came from this; the church got a little free weeding done!)
Frannie McNally: Disciples Volunteer
[Frannie McNally is interning at the Mission this summer through the Office of Disciples Volunteering. Disciples volunteering interns are spread around the country this summer helping in many places of need. For more information on how you or someone you know might become a Disciples Volunteer see http://www.discipleshomemissions.org/pages/Volunteering%5D