Several weeks ago I posted a blog about being bored out of my mind. It was cold, the days were short and my kids were at school all day and I needed something to do. I still want to be here when they get home from school and I wanted to do snack and help with homework because I believe firmly that this is how we help our kids succeed but I wanted to find something to do so that I felt like I was succeeding too. I was also wallowing in a healthy amount of self pity which I am getting better and better at.
I got many suggestions. People suggested I apply for part time work which I have done. People suggested I join a dance club, gym or exercise which I have also done. Someone suggested I join a Mommy club or some type of organization which I have done but I'm not interested in participating at this point. And a friend suggested I volunteer because it had enriched her life so fully and why not give it a go?
I have always volunteered in one way or another. It is part of my being - most likely from years of going to church and church school - after all, going to church is kind of like volunteering. You are giving your time and energy to the benefit of someone else - like say, my parents. Anyway - when we lived in Cupertino I volunteered at the kid's school and enjoyed it, but to be perfectly honest I always felt like I was running and running and needing to hurry and finish my work so I could run on to the next thing on my list. Ever feel like that?
Then we moved and I felt like I stopped running, abruptly. So I began with volunteering one day a week for an hour. Then it turned into twice a week for 2 hours. And then 2 weeks ago right when I felt like I was seriously close to having watched every movie on Netflix (and that is A LOT of movies) I got a call to help out with a student that just came from another country and needed someone who speaks Spanish fluently. I felt like my mothership had just landed. Now I'm at school 5 days a week helping this student for 45 minutes in the morning and 45 minutes in the afternoon. I am getting busy!
And then this morning as I walked through the double doors at the school entrance a woman approached me and said, "Are you Mrs. McKeon? Would you be willing to volunteer to proctor the exams at the end of the year?"
I'm so excited because I am busy now. I am also so excited because I'm volunteering and making an impact in the kids lives at school. I am excited that word has gotten around that I'm a reliable volunteer and that I'm in high demand. I'm excited to have something to do. At least for now.