“It is well to give when asked but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.” Kahlil Gibran
We are officially off and running with the PV Summer Program in Wyoming County, WV. Volunteers all arrived safe and sound yesterday just in time for a simple communal dinner together. After dinner we gathered for the first commissioning service of the summer. Connecting together in this way and preparing ourselves for the week ahead is always a great centering piece.
After a good nights sleep, only interrupted by 2 coals trains passing in the night, the volunteers were up and eager to begin. As we have in the past few years, the first group of volunteers generously help to get us set up for the rest of the summer by moving our supplies up from St. Vincent dePaul and getting everything organized. Because of their dedication and hard work, the rest of the summer’s volunteers are set up nicely. It also turned out to be an extra good activity this year as it rained pretty much the entire day.
Pairing up nicely with the weather, we enjoyed chili and cornbread for dinner tonight. It was delicious and hit the spot. The salad wasn’t too bad either : ) And oh, did I mention that we had ice cream for dessert?
For our evening reflection we reflected on experiences that were both challenging and hard and how we learned from those. We also shared a good experience to end on a more positive note. Our life as a tapestry of experiences…