My Life as a Sloth

[Note: written this weekend, before all the icky weather and more cautious-walking started happening all over campus.  I also did not intend for this to be negative but commenting in the way when you find the funny in all situations.  Smilin!]

So, a lot of people compare their lives to an animal or a character in a book or a movie.  I’m sure there was a time when you took a quiz on Facebook that was something like, “Which Disney prince/princess are you?”  or “Which Lord of the Rings character are you?”  or something like that.  But I came up with this on my own.  If I were an animal this week (because these things change, of course), I would be a sloth.  First, let me tell you a little about them.

The 3-fingered sloth is the slowest moving animal in the world, moving at a break-neck speed of .003 miles per hour.  These animals have been built to live life in the treetops of South American rainforests.  They have a powerful grip and hang from tree branches.  Sloths sleep 15-20 hours a day, and remain motionless even when awake.  3-fingered sloths do not move well on land.  Because of their weak hind legs and long claws, they are quite clumsy on land.  If a predator is coming when they are on land, they stand no chance.  However, these sloths are very agile swimmers.  More interesting facts include: they have an extra vertebrae in their neck, so their heads can turn some 270 degrees, and they have a long, high-pitched call that echoes through the forest.

Why am I like a sloth this week?  Well, I have found that if I  S L O W  D O W N  when I’m walking, I am less likely to lose my balance.  Although it takes longer to walk between the Humanities building and my dorm, I can still get there on my own.  Although when people are walking past me, I stop and wait for them to pass.  It was actually on one of these treks that I first related myself to a sloth.  I DO NOT sleep 15-20 hours a day, because that’s just crazy for a PERSON.  However, I do need more sleep than those around me because of the MS.  But I’ve accepted that.  I’m not a very good swimmer.  At all.  But when I was trying to think of a substitute for that, I came up with texting.  Because I can do that faster than I can walk.  But not at the same time.

Thus, this week, I feel like a sloth.  Mostly because I’m really slow moving.  But on Wednesday I’m startin’ up some PT, which will hopefully speed me up to that of a koala bear, which is the world’s 5th slowest animal. Woo!  Crusin.  What kind of animal would you be and why?

Recommended reads: “Sherman is a Slowpoke” by Mitchell Sharmat and David Neuhaus

 

..And I equate THIS video to all of the awesome people who have given me piggy-backs when I have most needed them.  This is a thank you shout out to all you!

=)^2 Anna

The Traveling Circus…?

Though the animals of this particular circus stay put, there are animal trainers and tamers, musical fun-doers, clowns to laugh at, and more!  At each new place they undertake the challenge of taking new groups of…animals and working with them in hopes that they may find home one day.  We train them for how to live once they find it, you see, as well as how to find it.  And I, the ring-leader, among other jobs that are shared amongst the group-in-charge, am overseeing it.  The…animals at each new place differ from one another in most ways, so it takes a little while to find what works.  Some places, yes, this may be sooner and take less time than others.  We have the basics, but it is flexibility that is needed to figure out how the point will get across and keep to the circus’s basics.

During the day, yes, it feels like a circus of on-you-toes-ness and thinking-on-your-feet.  Especially we who are working with the littlest age group, 4-9.  We try and keep the kids engaged and their attention to where it’s supposed to be.  Those working with the older kids, they need to find how to get them to open up and to engage in discussion.  So you see, it is indeed a challenge.

Back “home,” the multiple circus in-charge-of-ers meet together and have a shin-dig of their own.  Jesus is in the center ring, and we, in turn, are the “animals” in need of taming and training.

Okay, so maybe this circus analogy isn’t working so well.  And I didn’t intend to be rude to anybody at all.  But I wanted to update on our reaching our final group of kids that we’ll be working with, for two weeks at Hopewell Baptist.  These kids are indeed different than any we’ve worked with before.  We have kids from the ages of 4-17.  We have tried our best to split the group so we can work with each and try and get points across that we need to, the older group going a little more in depth, while the younger group is kept busy with crafts and games and more songs.  We’ve been there for three days, but I think today was the first day that went smoothly.  Pray for us and for the kids and volunteers we are working with over these last few weeks!  We only have three more weeks left!  And God’s not done with us yet!  There is no time to look at the end when we need to be focusing on the now!  Pray, also, for the people we are working with.

Thank you all for your prayers and support!  Fist bump it.

Smiling as usual, Anna

Welcome to the Zoo

This week is the first week of a ministry site where we are working with kids.  5-9-year-olds, specifically.  And boy, let me tell you, it is exhausting work!  I mean, I used to babysit all the time.  You know, like one or two kids at a time.  Even though there are seven of us (Zack joined our ministry team this week!), there are still 17-21 kids a day.  I see monkeys climbing with play, cheetahs running with drive, zebras galloping with glitz, and every other form of animal that is typically seen at a zoo every day.  I’ve made paper airplanes, learned hand-clapping games, and observed (but not dare try) step.  (Jump, clap in front, hit knee, clap in front, behind, below knee, touch bottom of left foot, bottom of right foot, I don’t even know!)   My team has been working on how to take charge of these kids and get them focused and doing what we wanted them to, what songs they will be engaged in, what games they will not complain about while playing (even though once we have a game or a song, we’re gonna do it anyway to see their reaction before we change), etc.  It has been a definite learning experience!  Meg told me tonight that working with these kids is like improve.  Christina, I’m glad I could pick up on some things as you were talking about your improve class.  I can certainly use it now!

News: My friends, who still need help with funds, have to know the amount they will be receiving by Friday (7-8).  However, they have until next Thursday (7-14) to actually get all the checks in.  Anybody interested in helping?  Let me know!

Prayer requests: That Meg, Jill, and Zack will get all their funds in!;  For the kids we are working with at New Beginnings; For our team, that we can work effectively together and that the Spirit will work through us as we work with these kids!; For our Project, that we may get along with each other in unity and love when staff leaves!

Smiling with hope, Anna =)^2