Thanks to the cold weather, we had time budging out of our beds and into the preps for church. We got there later than the usual, but there was a heightened spirit that was evident in the congregation’s faces, and the kids’ smiles. Today, there were so much people inside the little shack that it filled the entire room, and I was inspired to see new faces sat on the long pews, looking forward to see what this Christmas season has for us. Jaymar and Abby got my back in handling the kids–they were very helpful. Of course, it would have been fun if Jasmine and Cesario and the rest of the former youths were there; I’m not closing my doors, but the kids in the pack will do.
I think the enthusiasm from the church was so contagious, it rippled down to me. The kids are amazing. Lovel was there, leading the group like the ace student he is. John Leinz had a step back and had turned into this quiet older brother in the corner. Wakwak’s first habit was to show me he’s wearing shorts, and Trixie wore a nice blouse atop khaki pants, and she was wearing slippers. Jan Nicole was there, and so were new faces. One bright eyed girl named KC joined the happy girl group. I’ve got my set. And the best part? They weren’t un-nice or rowdy like the former kids. They listen. They want to learn. They want to do something, and so they did.
Last night, I prepared for them a few things we could do for their Christmas program, and I tell you, they were so excited that it was as if it will happen tomorrow. For the kids who had a hard time reading, I got them a simple task of memorizing a line for the PASKO skit. For the brighter students, long memory verses. Claudine actually volunteered to play lyre with Lovel, the drummer, who brought me back to parts of my own story I’m currently writing. Everything is so connected. During dismissal, I practiced Jan Nicole with his line, and so with Ram, and they both did amazing jobs, and I know that they will be both amazing. Clau got back and brought her lyre and showed off her skill, and could I not be proud? Anything that makes music makes me heart skip.
These kids may not be as phenomenal as others, but I tell you, they are amazing in their own worth, and I hope one day, they read their names here, and all the good words and thoughts I have for them.
Today, my family and I ate at an old favorite Japanese restaurant. While we sat there, three Chinese girls started talking loudly in Mandarin. My dad was stunned but kept quiet. Of course, he texted me and asked me to translate the words. Sorry, but the little Japanese I know won’t get me to interpreting high-level Mandarin!
Some takeaways from this week:
- Jollibee’s Bacon Mushroom Burger and 6 x Peach Mango Pie last night, even thought I had to wait until 8PM for my dinner
- Packages for my Christmas gifts arrived
- I got featured on Dream on Youth
- Finished two significant chapters in one sitting
I didn’t have any new projects to work on this week; that’s what I’m looking forward to the next. Also, the right inspiration for my story. I’m getting to the crucial parts and my brain’s trying to rack every possible situation that will meld nicely with the plot. But, tell you what. The most amazing parts were written off course. And I think that’s what life is all about–to discover the greatest things in the corners you fail to look at the first time.