Day 7: Interdependent Uh-Ohs

I generally start each CMT meeting by saying, “What were some of your highs, lows, and uh-ohs of this week?”

It’s a great way to hear about each others’ weeks and center ourselves in community together before getting started on the tasks and agenda for that particular meeting. I normally have at least one uh-oh to share. My life seems to find ways to provide laughter for others and often leaves people saying, “Chelle, you’re a hot mess.”

This week on our spring break trip I have had many uh-ohs. The most concentrated period of uh-ohs however, was today. I woke up this morning, brushed my teeth, put on my overalls, and went downstairs for breakfast. I was in a happy mood, sad that it was my last day of Wesley spring break but hopeful for what the day would hold. We loaded up our lunches and went out to the car. One of the guys in my group was nice enough to load the circular saws in my car. In the blur of getting things together, we threw my backpack in the trunk. I closed it and immediately had a moment of panic. “My car’s open, right?!”

The answer was no. My keys were in the trunk with all the doors locked. We were locked out, and the most important tools we had were my trunk. I didn’t know whether I should laugh or cry (I did both). I went and told Cody what had happened and he made a plan to get everyone to the worksite while we called AAA. We waited an hour and a half for the AAA man to come unlock my car. While we waited, Bret gave us the task of going to the store to get a thank you card, a task that we didn’t succeed at. We did, however, wander into a coffee shop and met the kindest woman who runs a non-profit that supports people who have been victims of human trafficking. Cassie, Nick, and I also got more footage for our Interlude video (stay tuned for the final video sometime next week) and bonded over how funny the situation was. We finally got the keys and headed on to the worksite.

Later in the day, I accidentally threw out scrapers that Cody needed to use and then almost ran out of gas on the way back from the worksite. It seemed like everything was going wrong, but I am so thankful for the way the people around me reacted. People were slow to judge and quick to comfort. Everybody told me that I was okay, that mistakes happen, that it really isn’t that big of a deal. People reminded me that it was a chance to be together and to bond in a new way. I was amazed by the ways people saw me getting upset and immediately acted in ways that would calm me down. We ended up having a really fun day full of a ton of laughter and great conversation. I will definitely remember today, not only just because of the locked keys incident, but because of the community I experienced and the ways that I was reminded that interdependence is both an acceptable and wonderful way to live.

This year is my fourth and final Wesley spring break trip. Spring break was the moment during my freshman year that I found my place at Wesley; the first time I realized that Wesley is a place I belong and a place I desire to share my gifts and time. I am thankful for the ways I have been poured into and have been happy to have the chance to pour into others at the student campus minister this year. So thanks, Wesley, for providing me with a space to be me- mistakes, corny jokes and all. Thanks for being a community that truly values living together and supporting one another. I pray that this community will continue to love out loud in all we do and continue living with joy as we return to Blacksburg tomorrow morning as people transformed by the relationships we formed and new things we experienced this week!

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