As a followup to David’s recent post, “RAC serves AFAC”, I thought I’d just share what hanging out and serving together meant from a communal perspective.
Getting to know other people is just hard. And getting to know people in DC is harder (at least for me).
I read a book recently by Lauren Winner in which she suggests that only when we live normal, everyday life together do we truly know one another. Going to to the grocery together, watching movies together, eating together, serving together…it’s doing those things side by side that seems to engender what’s needed for the more vulnerable conversations.
Yesterday afforded us the opportunity to not only serve, but also just get to know one another. Side by side, we cleaned toilets, removed dead mice from their traps, sorted rotten pears, mopped floors, cleaned cans, and those of us with exceptional hand eye coordination even drove a palette mover thingamajig. But more than that, side by side we built community.
- I learned that Tom was a commerical realtor, has four kids (2 girls and 2 boys), he has connections to Minnesooohhta (where my wife is from), has six siblings, and is all around one of the kindest people I’ve met.
- I learned that Jim and Jan like to ski in Montreal and they both know people on the board of my wife’s workplace.
- I learned that Jeff doesn’t have a car, and usually would rather ride his bike than metro. He is also completely fearless of dead mice.
- I learned more about Conally, George and Anne living together in close community — and what happens when someone (Anne) brakes someon elses (Conally’s) camera.
- I (re)learned that Daniel’s family is from China and Michelle’s family is from Korea, and Daniel and I both get really grumpy and ineffective at life when hungry.
Serving is meant to do just that: serve. However, there is a communal aspect that shouldn’t be overlooked. Getting to know one another in an intimate way doesn’t just happen over repeated trips to the bar and coffee shop, it also happens when hanging out and serving together side by side. I’m looking forward to more!
– josh chambers