So it was bathroom duty x (I think, but who's counting?) 10 years. This year the "Loo Crew" was quite a bit smaller. That's ok. My partner in crime is a dedicated hard-worker. The two teenagers that were our assistants pulled their fair share. And so the 17 toilets, six showers, and a multitude of sinks and carpets were kept as clean as we possibly could do it considering the crowd.
With slightly-flushed cheeks, I'm embarrassed to say that we received more compliments and accolades of thanks for our job than I ever remember. You see what we do at these feast days is a very public job. Unless you are wearing diapers or Depends, we will most likely see you - and you will see us if you are female or an underage little boy. I appreciate the verbal and written notes of thanks for a job well done (pun intended). But it makes me think of so many unseen jobs taking place on those grounds. People are getting up hours before the sun does to peel carrots and potatoes. People are hunched over a washing machine making sure all the rags and towels are clean. There are trash bearers. There are sweepers. And above all else, there are those that are spending hours and hours in the quiet to be sure to bring the true message we need to hear. We all are helpers together. Here was something I found on the bathroom wall right before we were leaving. Thank you for your thank you. It was so unnecessary but so appreciated.
As we headed for the last hour home, I crawled in the back because, well, I kinda missed her. I think the feeling was mutual.
Well back to the realities of life. The washer spins load number three. The lawn needs mowing. The flowers need watering. The groceries need buying. And some MYP need to be picked up at this time or that. I'm a bit distracted right this moment as a hummingbird is flitting around the window boxes just in my view. It is the first time I have ever seen one here since we moved here seven years ago. I'd take a picture, but have you ever tired to photograph a flitting hummingbird?
Happy week ahead. We have so incredibly much to be thankful for. Especially a better, grander view.