My daughter is going to Central America next week for a community service experience. According to the itinerary, they will spend an hour painting a school (for which she was required to watch a two hour video on how not to waste paint) and an hour working in a day camp (and was required to watch a 3 hour video on what a child is). I’m imagining a meaningful college essay on how this experience changed her life.
The summer of 2017 totally changed my life. I was fortunate enough to get my parents to pay exorbitant amounts of money to send me on the most awesome
adventure community service experience. I learned so much about painting- I painted an entire half of a wall. And the kids were so cute. My background in French really helped out when teaching Spanish speaking children English.
Preparing for the trip was also life changing. I learned a lot about my mother when I told her I hadn’t actually looked at the packing list. Oh how we laughed 4 days before the trip when we realized I needed 60 items out of the 75 things required. And the joy as we measured out suitcases and backpacks and realized that none of them met the size requirements. I’ve never had such an intense bonding experience with her. Money truly can buy happiness.
I also learned so much about health issues. The pills you need to swallow to protect you from typhoid are sort of big. I realized that if I stuck the horse pill in a jar of jam, and ate the jar, you don’t even realize you’re swallowing a pill. I was also glad that anti-diarrhea medicine really does work, and is not just an advertising ploy to get us to buy it.
Though the community service time was extensive, we managed to get in some fun time. We squeezed in surfing and rafting and zip lining and hiking and swimming. But I was there for the life changing experience of helping others………
You see- this essay is just writing itself. I’ll give you an update when I
read her journal have a meaningful mother/daughter conversation with her in three weeks. For now, I’m glad to be a proud member of Amazon Prime.