The passage of time, and how we humans define it, is such an interesting thing to ponder about. For most of this summer, I’ve approached it as if I’m here to stay, for the long haul. We’ve still got a month left, I’ve thought many times.
Now we’ve turned a corner. There’s less than two weeks left in my time in Conway. We’re having our end-of-summer celebration on the 18th and the 19th is our last day of work!
Lots of awesome stuff has happened since my last blog. Too much to go into everything, so here are a few sound bytes, some with pictures:
-Tomatoes have come to the farm in full force! So many that we don’t know what to do with them! Will and I made homemade pizza with homemade tomato sauce.
-Freedom Readers has been going great. In case I didn’t tell you already, all the other BNs and I volunteer at this summer program, where we meet with one elementary-schooler weekly and read books with them. They have a role model, we get out into the community, and we all become great friends! I’ve been tutoring and reading with Elijah. He and I have gotten to know each other really well, even though we’ve only seen each other three times.
An update on the Operations from a previous blog:
Operation Iron Chef is going well (as you can see from the gourmet food above). Operation Swoll (or Swole, as I’m told it’s supposed to be spelled) is not going at all. I’m running a lot, but not getting any bigger. Sigh. Priorities. Operation Community is moving right along – tomorrow all the BNs are having dinner with the mayor! Operation Deep Literacy – kind of happening. I still haven’t finished Imitation of Christ, but I’m making progress. Operation Clean: besides a few minor incidents with rotten vegetables and several encounters with live or recently dead insects and birdfowl, we’ve been pretty good about this.
Good news: Work on the Gullah Grand Strand Brochure has REALLY picked up. At 6:45 am two Thursdays ago, I drove to Georgetown and visited upwards of 14 possible sites to include in the brochure. If there was a tour, I went on it. If there was food, I ate it. If there were people, I talked to them. Immediately when I returned to the apartment that night, I composed descriptions of each of the sites, along with an explanation of their Gullah heritage. I e-mailed those off to the site contacts, got revisions, and now I’m waiting on the final revisions from Ms. Veronica, our supervisor. The goal by July 18th: have the online version of our brochure live and looking beautiful. Zack and I are very hopeful about this.
Wow. Two more weeks. It’s certainly been a good ride. I spent this past holiday weekend at my grandparents’ house with my mom and dad and cousins, and I got some good time to reflect on my summer there. Those general reflections are still cookin’ in my head. They’ll be ready to serve up in a later blog.
That’s all for now! Time to go eat a salad with my FRESH hummus and finish it off with a FRESH farm-stand peach. Ahhhh, food is good. Life is good.