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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Having a Ball.

In January I began volunteering with our church's 6th grade girls, and just have had a ball doing so. I know most people when you mention "middle schoolers" kind of shutter, and have this look in their eyes like they need to go wash their hands. However, they hold a special place in my heart. They are awkward, and well, I am awkward. They need a friend, and well, so do I. I am convinced most weeks that I learn more from them then they do from me, but I find this often happens when you volunteer in any regard.

Last Friday we had a sleep over with the girls. At first this idea evoked a sense of terror, I mean 12 middle school girls, one small room, and wee hours of the morning. But, we had a ball. Literally. We went bowling. Except I forgot my socks. Luckily you can buy socks at the bowling alley, and they even have a little bowling ball and pins on it... but I digress. We had a great time together, and I learned that if you are in middle school, it is not cool to put your real names on the score "board". I swear these girls were in there after every frame changing their names.

The Coolest Bowlers Ever

Waiting for a Turn

Afterwards, to my surprise, we even got some sleep! And I figured out that if you are 14 years older than middle schoolers, your body doesn't take sleeping on the floor as it once did. But, we had a ball and that's all that matters : )

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