After a summer spent meeting new people and being on my best behavior, it is fun road tripping with my siblings. There is no fooling them and no point trying. At the same time, I don’t need to wonder if I should or could take a leader role since – by virtue of being the oldest – I am the de facto leader. It makes things simpler; it makes things fun.
We are having a blast so far seeing family and the occasional old friend!
(Aunt Joan, Anna has the picture of us on her phone so I will post it later!)
“We’re watching It Takes Two,” said my housemates, all 8 crowded in the living room together.
It sounded vaguely familiar – maybe a popular chick flick? – so I flopped down to join them. And then the movie began and my childhood came rushing back.
The movie was one long déjà vu. It also reminded me of a favorite series of mine growing up:
Their dog made the most lasting impression on me. Good times.
“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Or if I could reword, “It is one of the blessings of old friends that they have seen at you at your stupidest and still associate with you.”
I was reminded of that last night at the Gen J gala. 8 years ago I attended as a camper. 4 years ago I was a counselor. Now I am a community member coming to help out.
Last night was a blast. I don’t have any pictures, but here is a snapshot of me 8 years ago with my pals. They saw me at my stupidest and still associate with me ❤ At least most of the time.
Today marks my last Monday at Young Life. I will miss it here. I plan to write out a more thorough post at a later time. For now, I just feel a sense of sadness that my summer is coming to a close. It has been a lovely summer full of fun and fulfillment. Mondays don’t feel like Mondays. I’m always eager to get back to work.
But I guess all good things come to an end. After all, new blessings cannot enter your life if you cling to the old.
I’m so grateful for this summer!
‘That looks like Joel,’ I think as I stand in the church lobby and observe the other attendees. ‘But he lives in Virginia.’
Joel Grewe is the director of Generation Joshua and a mentor of my high school and college years.
For a moment I marveled at the resemblance before realizing that Generation Joshua’s iGovern West camp started this week. It could be him.
“Joel?” I ask.
Considering the odd surroundings, he takes my presence in stride for a few moments before the oddity strikes him. He motions to where the other iGovern counselors are gathered, ready for lunch. I’m ecstatic. These are my old friends. I practically run across the sanctuary to say hi.
Then I remember what I’m wearing. I chose sleep over makeup this morning; my jeans have a huge hole and my top is a castoff from my sister – a bedazzled Star Wars t-shirt I only wore because I haven’t done laundry. To match my odd shirt, I paired my choker necklace and I have a decided goth-wannabe feel. Or I would if I bothered with makeup. I wish I had; I’m so broken out today.
I feel very self-conscious. But also excited. Everyone is confused to see me. It is so good to see them, even briefly. These are my people. They invite me to the camp gala on Tuesday night. I don’t have a ride but I will find one. I’m more excited about the gala than I was to go to the Supreme Court last weekend.
My ecstatic mood lasts through brunch with the other Young Life interns. I’m bubbly and bouncy in a way they haven’t seen before. I’ve mellowed a lot…but there is nothing like Generation Joshua to bring out all my enthusiasm!
I am visiting friends in D.C. for the rest of the weekend. I walked into their apartment…and it is like my to-read list come to life. Shelves and shelves of good books! I am never leaving.
Yesterday I had a charming girls’ night out with some of my fellow interns. We got mani-pedis, went out for Thai food, got ice cream, and concluded with the movie I Feel Pretty.
I Feel Pretty was funny and not as vulgar as I expected. Not sure I would watch it again, though. It has great potential but never strays from the predictable and piles loads of angst onto otherwise good material.
Did you see the movie, and if so, what were your thoughts?