Monday the 18th (Some Days)

Some days don’t follow the routine that you’ve set in place.

Some days you get more than you expect.

Monday was Martin Luther King Jr Day.  As I work at a school, I had the day off, and was able to join to of my housemates at their work for the day.  I got to join in a Food Fair with Can Do Houston in Independence Heights. The other volunteers were wonderful – sharing their stories with me, though many were surprised that I would volunteer on my birthday.  After bagging up onions, grapefruit and other food, I helped the men get the boxes to families in their cars.  Did I know I would be sore as soon as we started? Yes.  Was it worth it? Absolutely.  Lunch was excellent soul food with Kelvin, the organizer, and several other volunteers, followed by a spur-of-the-moment dance party.

Kailynne, Kenzie and I headed down to Rothko Chapel, because they were playing MLK speeches intermittently throughout the day.  Before making it there, we grabbed some free cheese from a restaurant and enjoyed the sun in a park.  We found so,me seats and listened to the “I Have a Dream” speech.  Though I have heard the speech several times before, it seemed to mean more this year (I hope to write a separate blog)

“Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.”

The evening back home was filled with an amazing dinner, stories of what each of us had done to celebrate MLK, and amazing cheesecake for my birthday (plus awful singing of Happy Birthday), and our birthday gifts of affirmations.

I’m not sure that I expected all of this to happen in one day. I do know that something big is in store for this upcoming year (again, I’ll blog more about this later).  God has more for us than we realize.

Some days you just need to be flexible and go with the flow.

Some days, if you open your eyes and look around, you’ll see greatness.

Some days you just need to be.

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