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Submitted by CAP Volunteer on Wed, 11/13/2013 - 03:05

Sunday was the end of (what I thought) was a hectic week. Little did I know, this week would be even more hectic! With the nature of what I do I don’t always get to serve on a normal nine to five schedule. I end up serving on second or third shifts and some weekends.  As I’m writing this I got called in to serve from 12-8 today. Never a dull moment around here.

I had to serve Saturday night so I was really looking forward to having a nice relaxing Sunday. I planned on going to church and then spending the afternoon walking around Berea with my camera. It was such a beautiful day that I couldn’t stand spending it sitting around the house.

As I’m leaving the house I get asked to invite one of my housemates that was wanting to get out of the house and enjoy the day as well. So I reluctantly agree to invite him even though what I really wanted was to have the day to myself. As I’m inviting him, three other volunteers want to come along as well. Suddenly my afternoon alone quickly turned into a mob of volunteers walking around Berea. Pretty much the opposite of what I was set out to do.

Half an hour after I was expecting to leave, everyone is finally in the car and ready to go. Despite my less than optimistic attitude about how the afternoon would go, it ended up being a really great time. We stopped by Berea Coffee and Tea, walked around the square, got a nice tour of the campus, and spent the day enjoying each other’s company. We took the back roads back to the house (which I wouldn’t have known existed if it weren’t for my housemates) and saw some really gorgeous views! The pictures don’t do it justice.

Even though it wasn’t the day I had pictured, it was still such a nice break from my week. That’s the thing about community: we live together, work together, eat together, and pray together and then you get up and do it again the next day. You think you’ve had about all you can take of each other for the week and then you spend even more time together and you are blessed by having each other around…even when you didn’t want them there in the first place. It was a nice reminder of what a beautiful thing I have here.

Elizabeth H. is a long-term CAP Volunteer serving as an AmeriCorps Resident Support Specialist at one of CAP’s domestic violence shelters.