The way work is presented to us here, is exactly how I wish all my jobs were…
Dave and I hear a knock on the door. With no time to answer, Dmitry swings in and says one of three things: "Okaaay lets go", "Okaaay tiiime to work" or "Would you guys want to move some wood at my house… not as volunteers… but because you are my friends". We like that he has to separate the two (volunteers and friends).
With no time to think, this method keeps you on your toes, and a backpack always seems to be within arms reach. Sometimes we are spoiled with a full night to prepare - or - as in one situation, we had about a week to prepare a presentation for a group of young students.
In thinking of how to keep a group of third, fourth and fifth graders interested for a half hour, we scrolled through our Facebook photo albums, scanning for any shots that showed America's beauty. We divided the country into sections, based on the areas where we had spent the most time. Thanks to Dave's photos of giant Burmese pythons and sharks, the presentation went on for a full hour and we ran out of things to impress the kids. Putting all those photos into one place created a level of homesickness I was not prepared for.