Today I bought art supplies for around 65 children that I can’t wait to meet! It was fun to walk up and down the craft aisles planning activities and imagining all the things we will do this summer. I’ve always enjoyed art because, in all its forms, it’s a true expression of ourselves. I know that the children I will be working with at Ana el-Masry will have lived very different lives than my own, and I am very excited to see their own thoughts and experiences be manifested in their creativity!
Summers in my hometown in Northeast Tennessee are generally relaxed. If I’m not at the pool, supervising and playing with kids as a lifeguard and babysitter, I am probably at Watauga Lake or hiking along our many lakes and waterfalls in the county.
However, my favorite events of the summer are ones where the entire town comes together and celebrates. We have many of these little festivals and parades such as our July 4th parade through the historic part of town and the annual boat parade on the lake.
So I’m also excited, and nervous, to watch all of Egypt come together for democratic elections. As Ryan mentioned in his blog earlier this week, the elections in Egypt have stirred up all sorts of controversy, and the reviews in the media have been up and down, but I am still excited to be witnessing history in Egypt this summer!
As I pack yarn and construction paper into my suitcase, I can’t help imagining all the wonderful experiences and people in store for me and my DukeEngage participants this summer. I pray for our safety and I anticipate a truly life-changing experience!