Whew! I've been so busy these past few weeks. Room in the Inn really has me working hard. So far I can't complain, because I've been falling in love with Nashville and with my job more and more as the time flies by. I played my first few rounds of chest (won 2 out of 3!), I got a bonsai tree, and I've been really looking forward to getting more involved in Second Pres.
I've started to build relationships with many of the participants at RITI. I've learned people's names, and I seem to be getting a great deal of respect from those I help daily. I've loved being on a first name basis- and even more so, being friends- with the people that I thought would be so distant when I first arrived. My expectations of hierarchy between participants and staff members have been broken down, and some days I feel that I fit in more with the men and women that attend RITI than the staff members I work with. I've had a hard time learning to tell people no and telling people I can't help. Being stern and authoritative has never been my forte, I'm very much of a pushover. As the month has gone by, this has been my biggest obstacle, and I'm slowly but surely learning that I can't solve everyone's problems.
I got a bonsai tree this past Monday. It's the closest thing I'll have to a pet this year, although it's a lot more tranquil and much easier to house train! It's an eight inch tall ficus tree that I bought at a wonderful little place in town called "Little Tree". I've trimmed it already, and the new leaves are already sprouting beautifully! It's a good project that I can have to work on when I come home from a fast and demanding day of work.
Worship at Second Presbyterian ever Sunday has been absolutely wonderful! I finally have a family I've been paired with (every YAV has a "host family" that they are paired with at the beginning of the year). I'll meet the McClures this Sunday, and I am really looking forward to it. There's been word that a leader for the youth band is needed, and with a little bit of discussion, it seems like this position could be in my future. I don't want to promise anything, but I'd really enjoy the chance, so fingers crossed!