My math says x = u
Sunday, February 21, 2016
A blur. That’s the only way that I can describe the mission today for Akron Snow Angels. I was part of the request vehicle again. That meant that the day started out with seeing how much compassion could be crammed into a 2 door Blazer. Apparently, it can hold a lot more than most would think partially, because it comes in different forms for different people. One pair of size 11 work boots can hold a right foot, a left foot, and the brightest hope for the job that can lead to a better situation. A large pair of long johns and a knit shirt can hold 10 degrees of happiness on a chilly day. A Batman toothbrush and toothpaste can make a child have a size 82 smile. The Blazer could carry the tangible items. A fleet of ships couldn’t come close to carrying the feelings.
The first stop was just down the road to a smaller group . Even with it only being my second visit to that site, I feel a personal connection with some of the folks there. The feel is very much “some friends are stopping by to chat for a bit.” We just happen to be the friends that drop off some much needed supplies at the time also. It really is a comical bunch of folks that we get to hang out with. Eager to talk. Eager to share stories. In need of the laughs.
As we arrived at our second stop, I spotted Johnathon right away. I was excited. I had two pairs of pants for him, a nice insulated shirt, and a pair of boots that will keep his feet warm and dry. I caught up to him and we chatted for a few. He is adapting. He doing what he can to get through this. It’s not an easy road, but he seems to be staying between the lines. It was good to see.
I saw Lee today but unfortunately didn’t get the chance to say hello and shake his hand again. I am kicking myself a bit for not doing so and I’m making it a point to do so next time. Seeing him again brought about a bit of a contradiction of feelings. I want to see familiar faces so I know that they are ok and so I can share the laughter with them. I hope that I never see them again as I hope they have the shelter, heat, food, and clothing that they need. Emotionally, it’s a wild ride.
What did I learn today? I learned two things:
1. Big problems are solved with simple steps in the right direction.
I saw a child smile because toothbrushing now involves his imagination and a superhero. I saw someone gain a world of hope. I saw someone less worried about freezing. I saw a lot of people laughing and sharing in conversation. These simple things can be the things that help solve much larger problems.
2. I guess I should have paid more attention in math.
It’s in my nature to want to put a measurement to things. Maybe my high school math teacher would be disappointed, but I need help with this problem.
Solve for xx = hope + 10 degrees + size 82 smile
My math says x = u