Too much time to set up?
Trip Start Aug 21, 2010
59Trip End Dec 31, 2010
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"Nope, I just started putting the pieces together just now."
"It's okay--I didn't know about the delay, and I'm the principal!"
"Oh wow--now we don't feel so bad!"
"So what time were you supposed to start?"
"8:50. Does that mean we'll be later?"
"Yeah prolly 9:50 now... so..."
After briefly entertaining the idea of continuing our night's slumber in the van for an hour, Kelsey and I asked if we could just get into the auditorium and start setting up anyway. Then, if we have to wait over an hour for the show to start, we'll be fine.
So we did! We had a nice leisurely set-up. We were saying how funny it is that earlier in the same week, we had twenty minutes to set-up, because the show needed to be an hour earlier; today, we had two hours and forty-five minutes to set up because the show was postponed for an hour. Never a dull moment with this job...
So it got to be about 8:50, the time for the original show, and four kids came into the auditorium. "Hey guys!" "Hi." "What's up?" "Nothing" "Are you here for the show?" "Yeah." "Your teachers sent you down here?" "Yeah."
Well, fortunately, we were done setting up. But we were increasingly glad that we decided to set up as scheduled when we did, and that we didn't dilly-dally doing it. We ended up being ready for the show, which was apparently still on, anyway.
So communication in that school left a bit to be desired...
But it still felt relaxed, anyway. Kelsey had time to book hotels for over a week ahead of time.
Speaking of hotels, we're en route to a hotel for our Friday school. The school wants a show at 7:30 in the morning, okay? So... that means we're going to be there at 6:00 in the morning. We needed the closest hotel as possible. We found one hotel--the LaGrange Motel. There is nothing--nothing--within miles of this place, and, get this--they only take cash. So we needed to prepare over seventy dollars in cash to check into this hotel, and we need to call them ahead of time to tell them when we'll be arriving... Okay, grandma...
I write this sitting in a Dunkin Donuts about fourteen miles away from the hotel... the last taste of civilization before this evening. So... we'll see. We may not even have internet up there. They haven't invented the credit card yet, so...
But before we call it a day, let me share the story of a student who came up to us after the second show this morning.
Her name was not Stephanie, but we'll call her that to protect her from the eyes and ears of the internet. Stephanie was recently diagnosed with psychosis, so she has struggled with hallucinations and other tricks being played on her mind. The medication she takes to help control it makes her very tired, so she has fallen asleep in classes.
The story of Jessica in our video resonated with her. Jessica struggles with epilepsy, and kids at school give her a hard time because of her seizures. Stephanie also felt like people didn't understand her condition. To make it harder, she has to live with her aunt because her mother has turned to alcoholism.
I asked her if she had any friends she could lean on. She said she did, but she would be moving in a couple years, so she was afraid of having to leave her best friend when she moves. I told her to enjoy the time she has now, and not to worry about that time. And the great thing about friends is that even if you have to leave a friend, there is always another one in the next phase of life. Kelsey asked Stephanie if she has any hopes or dreams. She said she really hopes to go to the University of Miami. Kelsey and I continued to try to listen and share as much encouragement we could pack into a short interaction. We reminded her that although she has been diagnosed with a condition, it doesn't mean that that's what she is. She may have psychosis, but she's not a psychotic. She's still Stephanie. A diagnosis this year cannot change who she's been all her life. So it's a condition to deal with, but it doesn't change who she is or what she's worth. Anyone who tells her differently is lying.
Stephanie's tears dried up, and thanked us for talking with her. She had to get to class so she wouldn't be too late, so we let her go.
Little interactions like that fuel our job and our ministry. It's need when we can first-hand witness some result of our video.
And with that, we move on. More good times ahead (starting after having to be at a school at 6:00)! Staying with Laura Anfang this weekend, as well as Pam and Harold! We'll also be swinging by for a short visit with fellow technicians Steve and Ashley. Busy weekend! So busy, we had to decline an opportunity to visit with other fellow techs Cam and Anthony. But we're zig-zagging across this crazy East Coast all semester, so I'm sure we'll cross paths again, guys.
Have a great end of the week!