Jun 19, 2013
Each year I go on vacation. You know, the “I’m gonna’ turn my phone off and forget SLP” kind of vacation. And I never make it.
Someone recently pointed out to me I wasn’t that important. I laughed…isn’t recognizing the problem the first step towards “recovery?” So this year…like no other…I was going to do it…I wasn’t going to use my phone for anything except taking pictures of my family.
On the first day I hauled my children down to the beach with sand buckets and boogie boards, but then I caught myself wondering how many of our St. Lawrence Place kids had seen the ocean (then I checked my phone). I spent an embarrassing amount of money on ice cream, and then I wondered if that was why people didn’t send donations during the summer…we spend all our extra money on waffles cones (and then I checked my phone.)
And then the fancy phone I inherited when I was promoted all those years ago delivered the email with the news of a cut to one of our federal grants. So I tossed and turned all night while on vacation adjusting our budget (and I checked my phone.)
You see, my friend was right. I’m not so important that I have to check my email and phone constantly. But the people we serve are. And I have to thank him for helping me realize that.
P.S. if I hadn’t checked my phone I wouldn’t have realized I’d forgotten to write this blog post, and wouldn’t have had the opportunity to thank him!
Sent from my iPhone
Jun 13, 2013
Some photos from a recent visit from USC Science major volunteers, performing science experiments with the kids in our after school program through a program called Science Quest. This particular day the kids were learning about and exploding their own homemade volcanoes.