I don't want to talk about the football, OK! I'd like to lay those demons to rest, got the point? (puns intended!)
Let's talk soccer instead, Paul's team had a resounding 10-0 win on Saturday morning and Paulie scored 2 goals, 3 by his count but he's claiming the shot which deflected off the defender for an own goal. I had to remind them to be humble and not get over-excited or rub it in. The games are always fun and friendly at this age and the kids all form a circle and put their arms around one another's shoulders for the three cheers at the end of the game.
As we were driving to the game Paul looked out the window and commented in all seriousness, "Looks like rain, we better score our goals in the first half so we secure our win before it gets wet"!
There's only a couple of weeks left of the season which is a shame cause Paulie really looks forward to soccer every week and Carolyn & I enjoy the games. The group of parents who come are great and we have a good laugh and catch-up each week.
As I write the poms are getting further and further in front and on top in the third test. Now I have a dilemma, do I want them to win the Ashes? It may not matter what I think of course, if they keep going like this they'll not only win them, they'll deserve them. The 4th test promises to be a real crunch game. Another "dilemma" is how do I feel about Shane Warne's success, 600 wickets and big scores, just missing his first test century. I don't like him, I think he's a man of very low character, but at the same time is a brilliant cricketer and an Australian. hmmm! Into the too hard basket!
I spent last night camped in the school gym with 45 kids on a 40 Hour Famine Sleepover. They were fantastic, I didn't have to deal with a single discipline problem or contentious image the whole time, they cooperated with instructions, played games and made their own fun, slept when told it was time for lights out, cleaned up all the gear and mess without argument and got along with everyone without a hint of conflict, bullying or strife. All this on top of going without food for 40 hours and raising nearly $2000 between them for World Vision. When we add on the money raised by the other 100 kids who didn't come to the sleepover we hope to beat last year's total (just under $4000) and maintain our title as the state's highest money raising country school. Most of the success of all this is due to the efforts of one student named Natasha who has a real vision and passion for World Vision, and a bunch of other community oriented projects and causes, she is a very special kid.
I did have one moral dilemma to deal with. We set up the projector and PA to show some movies before bed time and one of them was "Anchorman", a satire/comedy on 70's TV news. It was funny in places but I became more and more uncomfortable the further it went due to the repeated sexual references and sexual inuendo. I know many kids have seen it and more but there is a difference between what they watch or are allowed to see by their parents and what I "show" them as school chaplain. There were alot of young kids, year 8 & 9's, mostly girls and the film was becoming more risque by the minute. In the end I wasn't happy to be associated with the film and I stopped it, explaining to the kids that I wasn't comfortable with showing the movie. There were a few groans and comments but again to the credit of the group there was no real complaint and they accepted my decision with good grace. I felt much better once I acted on my conscience.
The only other hassle was being awoken at 6.15 by a kid telling me he had to leave to go to Dunsborough. Not happy Jan! I got up to let him out and re-lock the doors but I'd have been much happier if he'd just gone, and left me a note!! To compound the situation once I got back into bed a frog started croaking, then stopped, then started again, then stopped and then I realised it was someone's mobile phone going off! I kid you not, the ring tone was the sound of a frog croaking! Who could possibly be ringing them at 6.30 in the morning?! Further investigation later in the morning revealed that it was a kid's alarm (on their phone) going off! Why I ask? Why you ask? I don't know I reply! When that finally stopped a couple of girls started talking and their voices carried right through the gym! I went to investigate and tell them to be quiet but I couldn't find them in the dark. They must have seen me though because they did quieten down. Finally I got back to sleep and had another couple of hours before waking up to the sounds of volleyballs, basketballs, badminton, guitars and a CD player!
We finished the famine with a feast for lunch prepared and provided by parents and photos for the local paper. I'll post a group pic taken with a banner they painted while they were there which we've now hung high on the gym wall, it looks great.
All in all a great event for a great cause. Well done kids
After going home for a shower Carolyn Paul & I drove up to Bunbury for a beach mission meeting which despite going for over 3 hours was very prductive and enjoyable which has a lot to do with working together on something we really believe in with a group of people we really like.
A chicken Caesar salad at Hungry Jacks for tea then home in time to watch a new show we quite like called "House" about an unorthodox doctor who doesn't like seeing patients!
It's been a good weekend, so long as no-one mentions the football!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!