Sunday, August 28, 2011

i think i'm in love

...with children who have Down syndrome, or anyone who has Down syndrome for that matter.

After everything I've been reading and watching and thinking and seeing lately, I am pretty sure I have fallen in love.

As a result, I've contacted an organization in Austin that is focused on children with Down syndrome and I might get to do my volunteer hours there for my social work class this semester!

Even if it doesn't work out (there has to be a social worker on staff to be my supervisor, blah blah) I am still totally volunteering there. So excited.

weep alone

Oh just a little poem that I love by one of my favorite poets. I happen to be able to relate to this at this very instant, so that rocks! Bolded some of my favorite lines. Almost finished with a task that has been strangely seemingly impossible for me the past 10 days! That is an "up" to this "down" of an hour.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.
For the sad old earth must borrow it's mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air.
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.

Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go.
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all.
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life's gall.

Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a long and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.

pro-life turtle race success

What does a Pro-Life club do for a social event? The answer to that question is obvious: eat watermelon, play volleyball, and race pet turtles. 

A week of planning and preparing the competitors definitely paid off. Bobcats for Life had a great time at the river and I was so happy the event went well... no, not "well" but GREAT!
watermelon + volleyball + pro-lifers + turtles + river + ukelele = great afternoon

watermelon chunk spitting contest
watermelon spitting contest winner, John

Tuck, a.k.a. the champion

Why, yes! Our Priest IS cooler than your Priest.

Annnnd they're off! or at least Tuck is.


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