|What a week!
||[Aug. 25th, 2003|12:12 am]
What a week!
First there was the black out. The irony was that the week of the 18th to the 22nd was Vacation Bible School (VBS). When I asked for that week off a couple of weeks ago they weren’t going to let me have it. Their reasoning was that they couldn’t have too many people on vacation that week - which is a crock, because first of all we don’t work on each other’s files and second, there are many days (like if Boxing Day or Canada Day is a Thursday or Tuesday, the Friday or Monday separating it from being a four day weekend) when there has been about 5 people working in the entire section. So, we were supposed to talk about this on Friday the 15th, which was the black out. So, I’m laughing. They told me they couldn’t have too many people away that week, and instead almost the entire Ottawa civil service didn’t work that week.
But, unlike most civil servants, I did in fact work that week. I worked 46 hours that week on VBS related stuff. Our theme was the fruit of the Spirit (Well OK - the first 5 of the 9 fruit.) On the whole, VBS went well. We had an average of 16 kids each day. It was the first year we did a site rotation - 3 groups (preschool, grades 1-3, grades 4-6) and 3 activities (story, crafts, and games). I did the crafts 3 times during the week and found that I really loved it. I never thought of myself as being a crafts kind of person before - but I guess I have this creative side I never knew. I also loved working with the preschoolers. I even managed to stay on my diet, which was hard since we had some tempting treats all week.
I even entertained for the first time in a long time! As I’ve said, I used to be the party queen. However, the last time I had anyone (other than my family) over was a party I threw in January 2002. Last Tuesday, I had Acorn-girl and Dragon-boy over since Tuesday A&S was canceled. We didn’t even watch a movie - just talk. Still, it was my first entertaining in a year and a half - hopefully the beginning of a new trend.
Most of all, I have the coolest God story. Years ago I hung out with this couple who are the biggest pseudo-spiritual posers I know. (OF course, I didn’t see it at the time). They took in a guy to live with them for between 6 months to a year. He didn’t have any real psychological problems; he was just fearful and unable to cope living by himself. We prayed for him a lot. He was really nice. He even went to visit GF when he was having his appendix out. Anyway, he eventually moved out, which was a real accomplishment for him. He moved into this house that was sort of temporary Christian housing for men who for one reason or another needed it. I even went to his place for dinner once. Six months later I asked the couple how he was and they had lost contact with him. They knew he was moving out of this house and they hadn’t bothered to ask for his new address. I was shocked. How do you live with someone that long and then dismiss him when he is no longer your project of the month? I always felt badly because I knew him through them, so that once they chose to purposely lose contact with him, I couldn’t contact him. By the time I found out, all the roommates that had been contemporary with him, had changed over, so there was no one I could get his new address from him.
Flash forward to this Wednesday. I was running VBS purchasing errands (to Michael’s, to Bouclair, etc.) I had to go to Walmart for something personal in the next week. I had to go to a grocery store and there is one beside Walmart at Lincoln Heights. I knew that if I went then, it would make my errands slightly longer, but I wouldn’t have to at some later time drive to a store. So I did it and got my stuff. When I came out there was a huge line up outside the grocery store. I thought "Oh no, what if the grocery store is having a power failure?". So I decided to ask someone what everyone was lining up for. I stopped the person closest to me, beginning "Excuse me sir." When he turned around, it was him. So we talked for just a few minutes, but I got his phone number.
It’s just so cool. If I had decided not to do my personal errand, I wouldn’t have met him. If I had taken a few minutes longer or shorter, I wouldn’t have found him. What a story!