this week at the FPL

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Unexpectedly, we made it home from a three week trip to visit family–and watch our daughter marry the right guy–and arrived in time for Library. I am so glad I didn’t miss it. We had a ton of our high school volunteers from Leon, all really nice and with highly-developed senses of humor. Kids were scant at first, just Vivienne and Kwili, so I took a contingent of volunteers down to the community garden to pull weeds. Kwili came along–he was the guy who squirted everyone with the hose.

There was basically no gardening experience in the group, which meant humor came in handy. There was a lot of jumping on shovels done with dramatic enthusiasm, flung dirt, and weed tossing, but when the dust settled four beds had been cleared.

Then the call came in–kid numbers were going up–so we hurried back with our volunteer Jorge bawling 80s rock and roll at the top of his lungs. After volunteering with us for four years during which time he was tied to a tree, fought on the losing side of the first battle of The Front Porch Library, and was the adopted side-kick of several kids, most notably The Max, it was truly his last day with us. Why, oh why did I write those letters of recommendation?

The project at the library was making clay name tags for plants that will be put in the garden as soon as we evict all the weeds. And it was true, the number of kids working back at the library was burgeoning.

Corrin caught a lizard. Chloe played fake food with volunteers. Olivia demonstrated her gymnastic skills on the lawn–soon everyone was attempting cartwheels with limited success.

Jorge threw a ball and pegged Olivia in the face–which was not the exit moment he had hoped for. Even so, I wish I hadn’t written those letters. Kids and volunteers come and go. The twins, Harper and Danny have moved out of the corner house. We hope to see them on Sundays, but when members of the FPL family leave they often fail to return.

There must be some value in practicing saying goodbye, but I’ll be darned if I know what it is. Still, another excellent day at the FPL.

NOTE: Most of the photo credits go to CJ this week.

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