I don't think I had any idea a year ago where I would be right now--sitting in an office in Watts in LA working for an after school program. Yeah, I had the idea of doing a year of service, but never would have known that this is where I would end up.
It's been a crazy few weeks. Got back from Thanksgiving, and my dad and brother came to visit, and even came to volunteer at Urban Compass one day! We had a lot of fun wandering around LA, going to some museums, eating out (which I rarely do here) and had a day trip to Malibu. They also got to spend time with my community. The three of us made dinner one night--zucchini boats (yum!), salad and sweet potato bread for dessert (this was an experiment, but it was SO good).
I really enjoyed my time with family here. Even though I will see them again really soon at home, I loved showing them my world here in LA. I could really illustrate the stories I tell them by showing them my context.
A few photos:
|Dad drawing with fourth graders Arianna & Michelle|
|David drawing with first grader, Ruth|
|Broadway men searching for shells and rocks in the Malibu coast|
|David & I and Malibu sunset|
|Dad & I & Malibu sunset|
Last week, we had a few dramatic things happen at Urban Compass, that I will perhaps write about in another post, so it was a struggle for us. It showed us just how our vision as an organization meets the actual reality of kids growing up in the projects.
We also had a Coat Party!
Casa DK is planning on doing our family Christmas on Wednesday. Friday, we say goodbye to Kevin and Mike P. Saturday is the Urban Compass Holiday Party! Sunday, I head back to Austin. I can't wait to go home for a couple of weeks, but I will absolutely miss my kids and my casa-mates so much, so I know I can't wait to return!