Yesterday I was pooped. It’s hard running a small business as I’m sure many of you that read this know. You’re always sacrificing something to meet all the demands of life and business. I’d agreed to offer some of my time as Literacy to me opens the world to people as no other tool can and I think Tri-County Literacy does some amazing work in our community; so when approached by Don Smith I was happy to participate in the CHAP ( Community Homework After School Program).
I was going to cancel yesterday, but remembered some other clichés. I didn’t need an excuse to re-schedule or cancel; but I forced myself to adjust the sched and made my appearance.
Giving in life gets you the most, and just spending a few hours away from politicians and the troubles of the world; spending some time giving back; had me leaving with a smile. It was fun too, and the looks of excitement on some of the children’s faces as they worked hard at expressing themselves was truly remarkable.
I think we, and I include “me” in that we, can sometimes forget what it was like to learn some things for the first time and the excitement at trying to express an idea bubbling away in our brains.
I think yesterday I got to receive the gift that volunteering and helping someone else can truly give.
For more information about Tri-County Literacy visit their website. I know they’re always looking for volunteers as are many other super groups in our community.
Area Artist Michael Cartwright also dropped by to visit the kids at CHAP recently.
Volunteer, it pays!
(photos courtesy of Don Smith)
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