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Friday, June 27, 2008

I think Eryxon might smile

A long time ago, almost another lifetime, I was engaged to a man named Eryxon. We were not destined to be together but even after we split up and went our seperate ways with other people and different lives, we remained close friends. Through a tragic happening, Eryxon was murdered in a horrible and brutal way that I will not relay here. Needless to say, I still think of him often.
Eryxon had a hard life. He lived through a failed adoption, several terrible foster situations and life on the street. When I lived with him, he would often speak fondly of the time he had spent at Denver's Urban Peak. Urban Peak is an organization that helps troubled and homeless youth. Tonight I got to experience Urban Peak first hand.
I went to Urban Peak for a Karma Yoga Project sponsored by Core Power. Basically, they have started to ask volunteers to cook dinner for the kids at Urban Peak once a month. I decided to get involved with this event because I work with teens and I thought it would be cool. It was! The kids were so polite and grateful. I found this refreshing since I teach the 9th and 10th grade and sometimes I worry about the future of the planet when I watch my students. I got to sit with some kids who were super friendly. I learned that most of the kids living at the shelter are already high school graduates. That also inspired me. I got to speak at length in Spanish to a young man from Puerto Rico. He said my Spanish was better than his English but I think I understood less of what he said than he thought I did. I did catch the jist of his story though. It seemed he had part time work but wanted full time so he could get his own place. Another young man told me proudly that he was high school graduate with a job and that he was just "staying there" temporarily. He told me that teachers were just about the most important people there are. I was flattered. There was another guy who told me he had dropped out after the 6th grade but he was going to get his G.E.D. I asked the lady in charge how I could help with G.E.D. prep and she told me where to call. When I left, the kids thanked me graciously. I apologized for bringing a teenager-innappropriate pasta salad. They said, "Naw Ms. we liked it." So cute...
When I drove away I had a huge smile on my face. I was singing, "Love is a temple, love is a higher law... We get to carry each other..." I kept thinking to myself, "Eryxon would smile if he saw me with the kids." Wow, that felt amazing!


mdmhvonpa said...

Sometimes, we need reminders of how good our lives really are.

Diane J Standiford said...

pa is making me do this--don't feel obligated...

More cheap meme cruft:

Welcome to the new 2008 edition of getting to know your family and friends. Here is what you are supposed to do, and try not to be lame and spoil the fun. Change all the answers so that they apply to you. Then [send this to a bunch of people you know, INCLUDING the person who sent it to you] post it. Some of you may get this several times; that means you have lots of friends. Have fun and be truthful!

1. What is your occupation right now? Retired.
2. What color are your socks right now? Red and orange stripes.
3. What are you listening to right now? Traffic, people chatting, car door shutting.
4. What was the last thing that you ate? Rice/broccoli mix.
5. Can you drive a stick shift? No
6. Last person you spoke to on the phone? My caregiver.
7. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Would I do this if I didn’t?
8. How old are you today? 51
9. What is your favorite sport to watch on TV? Basketball NCAA
10. What is your favorite drink? Water
11. Have you ever dyed your hair? Nope..
12. Favorite food? Whole wheat cheese pizza.
13. What is the last movie you watched? The Seeker
14. Favorite day of the year? Thanksgiving—4 day holiday
15. How do you vent anger? Depends on who or what angers me.
16. What was your favorite toy as a child? Plastic dogs.
17. What is your favorite season? Fall
18. Cherries or Blueberries? Grapes
19. Do you want your friends to e-mail(blog) you back? Sure.
20. Who is the most likely to respond? Drowsey Monkey
21. Who is least likely to respond? The ones I don’t send this to.
22. Living arrangements? Illegally married to most wonderful person in the world, share a small apt. in Seattle.
23. When was the last time you cried? Yesterday.
24. What is on the floor of your closet? Clothes hamper.
25. Who is the friend you have had the longest {that you are sending to}? Harkoo/Joyce
26. What did you do last night? Wrote for my blog—duh.
27. What are you most afraid of? The Big One: Earthquake
28. Plain, cheese, or spicy hamburgers? Plain
29. Favorite dog breed? Great Dane.
30. Favorite day of the week? Friday
31. What is your favorite number? 31
32. Diamonds or pearls? Bleck ... diamonds.
33. What is your favorite flower? Lilac

Diane J Standiford said...

Eryxon is happy for sure.

Serina said...

Very cool! It is wonderful when you get opportunities like that! Makes you feel better about life in general.

Cara said...

What a wonderful Karma project Core Power participates in. I was a juvenile probation officer in L.A. for 7 years working with the same type of youth. It is amazingly good Karma when you can affect one of their lives, even with a little pasta salad. Believe me it's better than most of what they eat. But most importantly, these kids, just like all of us, need to feel a little love. Nice work.