For the past four weeks these people have become my family. I spend all my time with them. I travel with them; I eat with them; and they have quickly become some of my greatest friends.
But this week, things have drastically changed for Team Scooby. Our teammate Mitch has gone on to finish his summer at a different job. Our replacement is Jeremy Vinton, a senior at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln studying geology.
On Friday and Saturday all the teams from the Grand Island Diocese met in Lexington, just to hang out and go over a few things before we took off for the final weeks of our summer.
I was incredibly excited to meet up with a couple friends from the other teams, but I was shocked with how much fun I had with everyone there. We shared stories from our weeks, discussed some of the struggles we’ve dealt with, and told about our favorite kids.
These teams I have the opportunity to work with this summer are amazing. From the time of training to now, our mid-summer retreat, I’ve already noticed differences in the other teams. We’ve all changed from this process and it’s all been in good ways.
Before Totus Tuus, I had a hard time dealing with change. I like routine and I like everything to go as planned all the time. Totus Tuus doesn’t allow that. You have to be flexible; you have to be willing to go with the flow; and you have to expect changes.
Adding Jeremy to our team this far into teaching wasn’t easy and I already miss Mitch, but I know I’ll get use to it. I’ll learn to adapt and I’ll stop trying to put Jeremy into a Mitch box.
Our job and vocation this summer is to teach kids about the Catholic faith and get them excited about the faith; we are supposed to change their lives. The actuality of this summer is that this job is changing us, for the better.