It was not a good start to the day. As I paid for 8 giant cans of corn at the grocery store, Harrison and Cameron walked out the automatic doors. They stood on the other side, watching the door open and close, and actually had the nerve--THE NERVE--to stick their tongues out at me. (Harrison was the ring leader.) You have never seen anybody pay up as fast as I did.
They were big-time busted. In the car I lectured them, and I took away Harrison's tangerine until we got home. Cameron mocked me by saying, "Good thing I already ate my tangerine. Haha!" Luckily I know how to push Cameron's buttons back, because I said, "Well next time you can't pick out a fruit." Then there were cries of "No! I'm sorry! Next time I'll be good! Please!"
Which is all I wanted in the first place.
Preparations and set up for the youth-and-senior citizens dinner for Mutual were stressful. I won't lie. I wanted to bail out, I wanted to call in sick, I wanted to run away to Jamaica. And then I was like, what's the big deal? It's all under control. (Well mostly, what I could actually control.) I guess my main anxiety came from whether people would have a good time, if the youth and older folks would actually mingle, if we had enough food, if we'd carried out the "tradition" none of us leaders had ever experienced.
I sound like the poster child for Xanax.
But guess what . . . it was great. We didn't run out of food. It looked like people enjoyed themselves. I was particularly impressed with Kayla, who spearheaded a baby picture guessing game, and Ceara, who did a fine job conducting (though she did get heckled for accidently calling the seniors "elderly.") I got to sit at a table with some very nice people, and enjoyed good food (turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, cranberry sauce, rolls, and pumpkin pie) and good conversation.
I think that an annual youth and seniors dinner is an awesome idea. I would highly recommend the activity to other groups. And after all that cooking we did, I would also recommend catering.
What I lost in sleep I gained in perspective: Hosting Thanksgiving dinner for 14 this year will be a breeze.