My daughter, a student teacher, just taught a lesson on “averages”. One definition of “average” is “usual” or “typical”. Yesterday, at Oasis, I experienced the following:
- Listening to a valued volunteer who is dealing with a significant health scare.
- Passing my handkerchief to another team member who was crying from emotional exhaustion arising from a family emergency.
- Processing with other community members the death in a clothing drop-off box of someone who was known to our local community.
- Saying goodbye to three wonderful volunteers going back to Mexico.
- Greeting a new volunteer.
- Cleaning up vomit of a child of a community member who became unexpectedly ill.
- Sorting garbage that had been deposited into the wrong container from our feeding 100 light breakfasts.
- Interviewing a potential intern.
- Trying to explain to an upset community member how we could run out of meat, milk and eggs just two-thirds of the way through the morning.
Days at Oasis are typical only because they are never typical.