All the cooking I’ve done this week has made for a full refrigerator. We’ve got roast beef, beerocks, rigatoni, beef and noodles, broccoli from the csa box, coleslaw, and today I used the tomatoes, chiles, and onions we got in this week’s csa box and made salsa. Finding a place for a bowl of salsa among all the containers was not easy. I sure don’t have to do much cooking the next few days. Oh, there are also ‘doggie’ boxes with Chinese food. We ate out last night even though we had all that food stacked up in the fridge, and the meals were so delicious we decided to take home the leftovers.
The first chaplaincy meeting went well. There are five of us newbies. We are all about the same age, and we have some connections. One lady went to high school with Terry; another is the daughter of a man with whom I’ve attended church for almost 40 years. Two of the fellas went to the same high school. There will be a breakfast meeting next week where we will meet all of the returning chaplains, 15 of them, and learn more about what we will be doing. We do not have our school assignments yet and will spend September visiting and observing the veteran chaplains. One of the returning chaplains is 86 years old. Gives me great hope that I may be able to continue this for a few years.
I was concerned about the time commitment for the chaplaincy work as I have my other organizations, too, for whom I plan to keep working. Depending on the school and the number of first grade classrooms, I can work one or two days. I will be reading a story to each first grade class once a week and working on building resiliency in the first graders. There is a very detailed curriculum to do this. Most of the chaplains do cafeteria duty and playground duty afterwards just to be with the kids more. They are also encouraged to attend school carnivals, open house, and other programs.
Although there will be 20 schools onboard this year, there are more who would like to have a chaplain on campus. The problem is finding the volunteers to do this. The application process is very lengthy and involved. There are at least two face-to-face interviews, a 29-page application to fill out that asks all sorts of questions about one’s history, an intense background check, along with credit report, dmv record, and school transcript check. Many people cannot pass the background check. I really hadn’t thought about how squeaky clean my past was until I did this.