My boys went to a local church’s camp this week with a few other children… ok with a thousand other children. They are exhausted, hot, and whiny now but had a great time. I was exhausted and hot just dropping them off and picking them up and I had a 3 hour break in between. Being someone who’s usually running things or volunteering it was nice to just drop them off and leave. I smiled and waved and said hi to my friends who were “working” the camp and as I left I thought, “I’m soooo glad that’s not me!” (Did I mention it was like 100 degrees everyday and the majority of the time they were outside?)
And that’s what impressed me – I know all the leaders were hot, sweaty and probably would rather be inside in the air conditioning, but they were outside greeting my kids with smiles. When I picked them up, even though they probably wanted to get the kids out of there and get in their air-conditioned cars they took the time to tell me great things about my kids. My son with asperger’s, complains a lot and is not always a “joiner” and often gives adults a tough time, so it’s really easy for adults to tell me all the trouble he caused without telling me anything positive. But that was not the case with his team leader. I’m getting teary eyed now thinking of the great things she took the time to tell me.
But even more than the adults working with the kids, what impressed me was all the men who probably took off of work to stand in the heat directing the 500+ minivans pulling into the church and getting them all parked and then getting them all out of there. I’m thinking that probably the last thing most people would consider taking a vacation day from work for would be to stand outside in 100 degree weather with the sun beating down on you and directing cars to a camp. At least when you are working with the kids you get to join in on the activities and get the reward of seeing them have a great time. But these men (and women) did it and they all had smiles on their faces… they were dripping with sweat… but they were smiling.
So, all of you CCV volunteers, thank you for your sacrifice this week. My kids and I appreciate it. Your actions and attitudes showed Christ’s love probably more than anything that was said from the stage. (Although I heard that was awesome too!)