Two town day, glad to see you again!

Trip Start Apr 15, 2013
Trip End Oct 31, 2014

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Oh, the day started out so promising…so full of good sleep, helpful electric hook-up and fresh water at our disposal, the chance to sleep in a bit because our sponsor didn't pick us up until 9am. The historical museum in Waynesburg is sponsoring the circus and let me make this announcement now before I forget: if you ever find yourself in the Waynesburg area, PLEASE make sure to stop by their museum. It is amazing. The building itself is historical (the woman who showed us around said there are 52 rooms) and even has a dungeon in the basement! There are so many artifacts and stories contained within those walls…we could have spent HOURS there.

Eben, the museum’s director, took us to a nursing home across the street from the museum first. Once again, we were greeted by really friendly, smiling residents who obviously love living there and a staff who obviously loves working there. We went room to room, handed out fliers and talked about the circus with each resident. In the therapy room, I ended up talking with an 89 year old woman for about 15 minutes, so John went on ahead of me. She was telling me about her family and how it’s been hard lately to keep up hope now that she can’t walk. We talked about taking each day we’re given as a blessing and how she sincerely hoped she can make it to the circus, but she wasn’t going to plan on it because anything could happen. We held hands and I told her she’d be in my prayers…she asked for a kiss on the cheek and we kissed each other lightly before saying goodbye. It’s times like these where I think another calling of mine may be working in a nursing home someday…

After the nursing home, Eben took us to a school across town primarily for special needs kids. They were already assembled in the gymnasium, so as soon as we got there, John jumped right into his program. The kids were thoroughly entertained and while he kept an eye out to make sure the program didn’t overstimulate, he didn’t even need to worry. Everyone laughed, applauded, cheered, and volunteered for anything he needed help with. During the music number where he picks volunteers to be in a band and a student to act as choir director, he realized while passing out the instruments that we lost the stick to hit the wood block with. He improvised with something else he had in his bag, but after searching the bag later, we’re pretty sure it is long gone.

Before we realized it, it was time to head back to the RV…we wished Eben well and he told us that if we return to Waynesburg next year with the circus, we are more than welcome to dinner at his house. I love the connections we’re making with some of the sponsors…within a 4-8 hour period, we bond over our love of the circus and anything else we discover in common and by the end of the work day, it’s a little hard to say goodbye. Thankfully, we’ll always have technology!

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