I have heard them call her “The Crazy Lady” to their parents, her supervisors, and fellow children who have not meet her. She does not always hear them because while they converse, she is focused on the location of the 409 cleaner that has become her side kick. Whether she is wiping off a table that has become the canvas to a future Picasso, a sink that holds their main utensils of dirty paint brushes or quickly wiping a spot off of the floor. The same spot that she just swept to remove the chips, dollar candy and the occasional crust-less peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The current task for her, at this particular moment, is not to mingle with the ones that think she is unstable but to clean up before the next mess occurs.I do not believe she is crazy like the children claim. It is her unique way of implementing nontraditional activities, the children are not familiar with. Instead of the ordinary games, she is teaching them about different variations of acting such as improv, being a part of democracies, public speaking, and even inventing new games. I have watched her quietly instil leadership skills, goals and acceptance in them, with a smile and catch phrase. I have been with her as she filled up water balloons for the children at night for “Water Days” and organized trips in her free time. In the cases of these children, most who are dependent on government assistance and reside in a low income areas, her ways are initially foreign to them. In time the children stop questioning her ways, adjust to them and enjoy themselves.
It’s through their fulfillment she finds her own, just as she sees the same pieces of her own past. In her early teens, she found herself not in a dire but similar situation as the children she work…
… and developer.
I have witnessed the different levels of government in action, perfected an understanding of the process in which they work and learned how their decisions affect others or vice versa. In this moment I have the chance to take my knowledge to the next intellectual level, by maximizing the opportunity to master a more intricate part of the law. A class speaker once stated “The best thing you can give to the world is you at you best”. I believe that this institution has more than enough of the proper tools to help me accomplish that. Overtime I‘ve worked at five community centers on a need basis, that is similar to Five different cities. One thing remains constant when camp is over the children all ask if I will see them again, I smile and tell them my catch phrase. When I do see them afterwards, they have forgotten “The Crazy Lady” and know me as Ms.S.