"Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape."
The common thread that seems to be running through this summer is the lack of electricity. After another big thunderstorm that cleared out the heat and humidity, many were left without power, including one of our sites. We we had virtually no rain the first several weeks of the program, we have certainly made up for it the last two weeks. What do they say, when it rains it pours?!
Despite the rain we had a very productive day with finishing 4 sites and getting very close to finishing a fifth had it not been for running out of tile with a row and a half left. The site up in Oceana finished up it's tiling in the dark after losing power, but the floor looks gorgeous, and the home owner very happy with all the work that had been done at his house over the last week.
We also went to Lillydale to work with several of our old friends. We ended up working on three different family member's houses. In one we replaced a light fixture, in another we fixed a door and then in the third we finished some plumbing underneath the house and put a new subfloor and tile on 9/10 of the the floor. We will go back and finish that up tomorrow.
We also had a group of volunteers help haul trash at a site up on Sunhill road for a man and his son whose house we worked on a couple of years ago. He was going to get fined if he didn't get some of his garbage hauled away so St. Vincent DePaul called us to see if we make a couple of trips to the dump. The best part of the dump runs today was that the volunteers were able to use the entrance to the dump that is actually a two lane road the whole way making the drive to the top of the mountain a lot less exciting.
The final group of volunteers stayed back at the school for basketball camp. Due a smaller than usual turnout, the morning session has now become a day camp with crafts and the PV kids and local kids hanging out together and playing. In the afternoon basketball camp was back and they picked up two more kids and had a great session of basketball.
For dinner tonight we were treated to breakfast for dinner: pancakes, eggs, ham and home fries. For dessert we had coffee cake and homemade ice cream. Yummy, yummy!!!
During reflection we were asked to reflection on worrying. Think about a time when we worried about something only to find out that we shouldn't have worried.