|here's me, complete with dreadlocks|
After picking up pottery, we went with our Earth scouts group to a senior activity center, as part of working on the Human Rights badge. Our group talked to the seniors about homeschooling and about Earth scouts, but I think our primary purpose there was to have fun, interact, and engage. After being there for an hour, C was tired/upset/overwhelmed and had a bit of a melt down. She was not calming down, so I knew that we needed to leave rather than extend the drama. I was trying to bundle and gather myself and my three girls, but S was having a great time and the seniors were enjoying her company as well. They were all playing a game of seated volleyball with an over-sized balloon. I was feeling unequal to the task of caring for all three children in that situation and one of the other homeschooling mamas stepped in and offered to bring S home at the end. This simple offer saved my day, and reminded me of how thankful I am for Community. When I don't have enough hands, enough patience, enough...enough...When I cannot handle things alone, I realize I am not alone, there is a Community...of homeschoolers, a community of friends,...of strangers who share a similar geographic location. So, thank you, Kim, for stepping in at that moment; thank you, random stranger who smiles at me and offers help when I am flustered trying to juggle children and groceries; and thank you to my friends who have been there when I needed them. When I am able, I will do my part to help and build community, and when I am not able, I will gratefully receive what help the community offers me. Thank you.