"I am done with great things and big plans, great institutions and big success. I am for those tiny, invisible loving human forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, which, if given time, will rend the hardest moments of pride."
Since today is our home repair free Friday and the temperatures were in the three digits (it topped out at 104), it was a bit of a relaxed day for everyone. Before people headed out for the day, everyone took part in our weekly thorough cleaning of the school. The school looks and smells so clean it is fantastic!
Volunteers went out in several small groups at different points during the day. A small group went down to finish up the steps at St. Vincent DePaul and to rehang their sign. It looks fabulous.
Another small group went to finish off the final loads from the year long house basement. A trip to St. Vincent DePaul for storage, a trip to the dump and a final trip back up to the school with the last little bits of lumber we had stored there.
There was also a small group that went to Mullens to finish off a few little things from the site earlier in the week. They hung a couple of spice racks and replaced a window that we had glass cut for. This group also stopped and worked a bit at the Itmann school house and did some cleaning. Plans were also made for what we will be assisting with next week at the site.
Today was the first day at Glen Rogers Manor. Volunteers had a lot of fun playing banana bingo, painting nails and playing pool. One of the two buses that bring the residents back from their day program was a little late so it was a little slow to being, but the volunteers and the residents had a wonderful time.
Fridays are also the time to visit with some of the people we have met. Volunteers went to Lilydale to say hello to our friends that live there. They are always happy to see any and all PVs who come to town.
The menu for tonight's dinner consisted of pizza burgers, mashed rutabaga and a salad. A very tasty and satisfying meal. This week we have been lucky and have been treated to a lot of fresh veggies after a donation of veggies was made.
Just as reflection started a storm whipped out and knocked out the power to the school. Being the flexible group that the PVs are, we continued by lantern light. As we are losing most of the group tomorrow morning, tonight's closing allowed volunteers to reflect back on their experiences of their time in WV this summer. The idea of the reflection is that our time is a boat journey and sometimes there are rough patches and sometimes there is smooth sailing. Volunteers shared some of their experiences from their journeys this summer.