At Tu Nidito this week, we’re talking about change. A couple months ago, the groups did an activity where they glued together a broken flower pot to symbolize that, while grief can make one feel broken, together we can reconstruct ourselves in a new way. Many of the younger groups grew impatient with putting the pot back into its original shape, and opted instead to make abstract sculptures out of the shattered pieces, unintentionally furthering that week’s theme.
This week, we planted seeds in those flowerpots, and used the process of seeds becoming plants to talk about the importance of change to all living things. Our questions revolved around what has changed in their lives since the death/diagnosis, and what they would change about their lives if they could. These sorts of questions can be difficult for the kids whose special person has been dead or ill for a long time, and don’t really remember what life was like before this big change in their life. However, in the Thursday 1 group,which has many kids who have experienced a high-trauma loss such as a suicide, homicide, or overdose, the kids really responded to the idea of change. Many of them were put into foster care or adopted by relatives after their special person died, and even more had switched schools or moved houses, and they were all eager to share about all the changes in their lives that had resulted from the death.
The office work side of my internship has also been going well. I’ve started an audit of all the volunteer files to make sure that everyone’s paperwork is in order, and continued to do lots of data entry to record volunteer hours. I also co-led the making of our “PB&J with Love” meals that go to single parents with cancer (or another serious illness). A group from a local United Methodist church met another intern and I at a local industrial kitchen, and we made 36 three-person meals in less than an hour. I’ve been facilitating groups for the kids whose families receive these meals for more than six months now, so it was really cool to be a part of the behind-the-scenes of that process.