My Summer was incredible. I was so blessed to receive the opportunities I did and I took full advantage of them. For the first couple of weeks I worked on a dairy farm and a berry farm. From 0500-0645 in the morning I was responsible for the husbandry (cleaning) of the calf pens and the bottle feeding (for the newborn calves) and grain/milk buckets feedings of upwards of 25 calves. The dairy farm I worked at also doubled as an inn and I was lucky enough to meet 2 amazing kids.
I do not think I have ever met any kids who have more touched my heart in a shorter period of time. These children were the sweetest, most well-behaved, most emphatic young people that I've ever had the privilege to know. They taught me a lot about appreciating the little things in life and about loving unconditionally.
Below are a few pictures of my friends Caleb and Clover.
Following my run in with this amazing family I headed back to Mass where I worked for 4 long, hard, and rewarding weeks at a Boy Scout/Cub Scout Camp. We were presented with so many challeneges this Summer with many of the children coming from the inner city and broken homes. I'd find myself running after kids for hours at a time or having a child go on a strike of silence for an impressive amount of time. In the end it was one of the most difficult but also most rewarding experiences of my life. These children, many of whom lacked someone to believe in them, made incredible transformations in their short time with us.
Between the Boy Scout camp I headed to Indianapolis for a service project. Now, for those of you who don't now, Indianapolis is very poverty-stricken and the brokenness can be seen on the streets in devastating ways. One man came up to our group while we were walking down Monument Center and asked us if there was any way we could spare any money as he was starving. Now I am generally skeptical of folks asking for money as I can't always discern their motives...luckily I had a full meal in a take out box from Panera which we gave to him. I thought I was going to see a grown man cry as he shyly took the box, thanked us, and walked quickly away. I was blessed to have been able to contribute at least a small part to that city and to the people who lead a life saturated in difficulties beyond anything I could ever complain about. This Summer altogether taught me the value of being grateful for what you have and the importance of taking care of those close to you.