“The saddest people I've ever met in life are the ones who don't care deeply about anything at all. Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and without them, any happiness is only temporary, because there's nothing to make it last.”
― Nicholas Sparks
I'll expand on this tonight, but Amanda, the outstanding rookie chaperone, talked to the youth before we went in a bit about how to relate to the older folks they would be encountering. (for example, she said you should not assume they can't hear...talk first in a normal voice and if they give a cue that they have difficulty raise your voice then).
Amanda is passionate about caring for the elderly. She doesn't work in direct care, but works in an advocacy role for them. Her passion is evident. When we walked in the door, as we waited for youth and equipment, she asked if she could talk to "her people," and immediately started greeting them and chatting with them. This was a good trip for her.
We'll see how the rest of the evening goes, but it is inspiring to watch someone so passionate about her work.
Also, as an FYI, the youth sang the Phineas and Ferb theme song on the bus on the way back from the concert. Very nice. I wonder if I should share with them that the "DFUMC Waffle-inator" title had its origins in the show...