My week this week was a very insane one. I came to work on Tuesday as the snow/sleet storm was just beginning. While I sat at my desk proof-reading a booklet of poems written by a field trip group of sixth graders, I noticed how quickly everything was coming down. “Great,” I thought to myself, “I get to travel to the South Side in this weather.”
As it continued to get worse, my boss came out of her office to tell me that Buddies was cancelled at Bronzeville today because parents were already coming to pick up their kids before the storm got really bad. I was somewhat relieved. That morning I’d woken up from a nightmare that six of my volunteers had said they couldn’t make it. When I got to work, by the time my boss came out to tell me it was cancelled, three had already emailed me saying they couldn’t come today. It was my nightmare coming true! But thankfully, Buddies was cancelled. I called four volunteers while my boss and another staff member called three each. Thankfully we reached everyone before they left to go to Bronzeville.
So I spent the day in our office proof-reading and typing up poems. It was really fun! I know that sounds like a drag, but I really enjoy hearing the stories these kids tell. A lot of them are similar, such as how one girl hated this other girl, but then got to know her and now they’re best friends forever (I think I got that same storyline about 100 times since I’ve started at Open Books). Some are really funny though!
So, after that I was excited to get back to Buddies on Thursday. Thursday was not the best day for me though, since I got in the cab to take me to Bronzeville, and the guy took the longest route possible. I ended up getting there 20 minutes later than I usually do, but only one volunteer was there since the first session didn’t start for another 15 minutes (I try to get there a half an hour early, to set up and everything).
Only one volunteer had emailed me about being absent. However, another one just didn’t show up. That got on my nerves, but everyone was fine. ANYTHING is easier than having four or five volunteers gone and having to pair the kids up.
Everything from that point on went smoothly. Except getting home, because I waited an hour for a cab that never came. However, Anna (who is a staff member and filling in for my boss because she had an emergency) just emailed me and said to go straight home since it would take even more time for me to go back to the office.
So each day was a little crazy! But it was still fun all the same! I really enjoy working at Open Books, it seriously makes my week to see the kids and everyone in the office.
This Saturday I’m going to be working as well! I’m going to be helping out at the Dr. Seuss Day celebration down at the bookstore! Its free for all families and there is cake, coloring, acting, and reading! I’m really excited to go! Since I have next week off, I’ll post again on Sunday about Dr. Seuss day to make up for the next week! I’ll take some pictures to post as well!
That’s all for now! Until Sunday!