The Students are gone ~sigh~
Well the students left on Friday. Saturday I slept and Sunday I cleaned my house. Even though the students were only here a week it seems enough time to form a bond. I will miss them. Now I have to play catch up and settle back into the everyday craziness of running DAWG and trying to change the world. Not to mention ……the state legislative session began while the students were here and I haven’t even had time to finish reading Gov. Machin’s State of the State let alone started following any of the bills yet.
This was the first time we have ever hosted such a large group for this length of time. It was a great learning experience for the entire organization. We have some lessons learned like don’t always rely on Internet directions and just because a speaker was good once doesn’t mean they will be someone you want to ever hear again. Such as a certain Pastor, that will remain nameless, who referred to all children without fathers in the home as orphans and tried to justify it by calling it a Bible reference. That was a lesson for me in “good ol’ keep your mouth shut”. That was one argument I knew I could never win because he is staunch in his views and I really didn’t see wasting my time trying. There are more important battles to be won. Needless to say, I don’t think we will explore further collaboration.
Being with the Appalachian Immersion Trip participants really gave me a chance to recharge my batteries. Sometimes it is hard to continue to fight the good fight and just when I was really having some doubts about myself and DAWG, these wonderful people show up and let me know how great we are and what an amazing thing we are doing here in West Virginia. It has made me take a look at what we really are doing and what we want to continue to move forward with in the organization. I am pumped and ready to hit the ground and do some organizing. I am really excited about the great connection we made with the WV Head Start Association and the video we are working on. It is really encouraging for me to find people who get what we are doing and who want to get more involved. I look forward to the work we – DAWG and the Media Mobilizing Project – are going to be doing with the WV Head Start Association.