Posted by: Marie | December 22, 2009

(208) All about community – Part 3 of 3

Post #208
[Private journal entry written on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 – continued from the previous post]

The last several days have been all about community for me . . .

My work schedule is about to jump back to fulltime this coming week (I work for the school district). So, four of us ladies who work together decided to get together one last time in our remaining days of “freedom”.

On Monday morning, we enjoyed an absolutely scrumptious brunch prepared by one of the ladies. She hosted the event in her lovely home, at a fancy table, on fancy dishes. It was such a girly-girl affair – and rather fun, I must say! It was fun to hear what everyone has been doing with their summer.

Tainun County Taiwan by Martin Chen

Then, last night, my housemates hosted a neighborhood block party at our house for the 26th Annual “Night Out”. All over the country, on this night, people get together with their neighbors so they can get to know each other better. Our neighborhood tends to have lots of parties and BBQ’s, so we all know each other – this was simply one more excuse to enjoy the cool summer evening air and catch up on the latest gossip, LOL.

However, we did have some “official” guests. In the name of public relations, the Chief of Police and one of the city’s councilmen stopped by. It was fun to get to talk to them – we already knew them, but hadn’t talked to them for a while.

We live in one of the more original parts of town, so the people who live around us have lived here all of their lives – and most of them are retirement-age. So, it was fun to hear them reminisce about the history of the town.

Towards the end of the evening, two young men from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) dropped by the party. My housemates have an ongoing relationship with a group of about four of them.

Now, my housemates are not LDS. In fact, one of my housemates would probably be classified as a non-practicing Catholic and the other as an agnostic.

So, I haven’t really figured out the relationship with the LDS guys. I know the guys have not made any headway with “converting” my housemates – and I would be very surprised if they ever do. I’m not sure if the guys are just hoping my housemates will eventually come around . . . or if they simply like hanging out here. Maybe it is a bit of both.

At any rate, I have gotten used to having them around. Sometimes they help out with yard work and sometimes they eat here. Sometimes they just sit and visit. All in all, they are delightful company.

At the party, the LDS guys got to talking about how receptive or non-receptive people are towards them. They were talking about how some people are nice but dismissive, others are downright rude, and some are warm and welcoming even if they aren’t willing to listen to the message being carried by the guys. It was interesting to hear them talk. I’m sure it wouldn’t be easy to go door-to-door, dressed in a way that clearly identifies you as a missionary, and talking to strangers.

I was glad to see the guys were warmly welcomed at our party – by everyone. Every human being deserves that.

Anyway, it was a fun way to end a whole string of social events!

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