Sunday, October 7, 2007

Red Lobster and Spanish Speakers

One of the disadvantages to being a fair skinned person is that when you burn, you BURN. As in, get bright red. Yesterday, Philip went downtown to attend Stand in the Gap 2007, a men's rally. The first (and most recent) Stand in the Gap was in 1997 and had about 1,000,000 attendees. Yesterday's event was much smaller. Anyway, being that it is October, Philip did not think to wear sunscreen, and I have to admit that when I saw him after he came home, I burst out laughing. Bad wife, I know. But really, when your husband could rival a lobster for color, what can you do but laugh?

This picture was taken today and the bright red has faded to pink. :) Trust me though, see that one spot on his neck, it was all that red yesterday!

Yesterday morning before Philip headed downtown, we all went to church to volunteer with the Food Pantry ministry. Things were a little chaotic and, as it turned out, it was one of the busiest days, with the most new clients, the Food Pantry ever had. So, our help was very needed. The boys wound up being too small to really help and it was too busy to be able to integrate them, so they played out on the playground the whole time. Philip helped fill orders and I checked in new clients. Who spoke only Spanish. Boy, had I realized I would be doing this, I would have brushed up! I had to ask questions about income and expenses, how many family members, why they needed temporary help from the church...enough to your head spin. Boy was I rusty! I felt like I was doing a terrible job, but the reality was, there were only 3 or 4 of us that spoke ANY Spanish and a HUGE crowd of non-English speakers! What an experience.

I do hope that next time we go the boys are able to really help out and get something out the experience. Next month the service project is visiting with THAT we can handle!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Being of the retro generation, I can see Philip as the Coppertone poster man. Some of you out there will remember the blond 3 year old girl with the dog tugging on her bathing suit shorts and revealing her sunburn.