Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Hooplah and Hysterics: Putting Together YW in Excellence 2013

A few years ago, when I first moved to Philadelphia my church asked me to be in charge of their youth program for girls. That was really daunting considering I’d never really been in charge of anything. Luckily it turned out that I really love teenagers and have a ton of fun hanging out with them. Unluckily ,twice a year I have to do big shindigs for their parents, one at the beginning of the year and one at the end. I know these things are supposed to be joyous but they’re really, really not. The are in fact exercises of terror that lead me from being a sane human being to a hybrid of Chef Gordon and Gollum.

So when December was staring me in the face I knew I couldn't procrastinate any more. Preparations for the overwhelmingly named Young Women in Excellence must commence. At least this one started out better than last years. Last winter my husband got uveitus, a lovely illness that is sort of like pink eyes ugly big brother and  causes 10% of all new cases of blindness every year. I spent the time leading up to the big day in the doctors office. No way to go and do last minute prep for that! Luckily my procrastination with starting things isn’t always matched by procrastination setting up for them so everything was already ready. Well, almost everything. Nobody notices little things like the person conducting it running in late, right? So this year had the added benefit of not having a grotesque eyed husband and other life trauma. What could go wrong?

Well, plenty. One of the goals of the program is to have the youth lead. That means that I’m supposed to be a combination of minion and adviser to one of the girls. Last year I completely ignored that in favor of doing it myself. It was my first one and I was not up to being the patient mentor. This time I didn’t have being new as an excuse. Not saying the girl in charge wasn’t awesome. She was. It’s just that I’m barely organized enough to keep myself going, let alone a 17 year old who hasn’t done something this big before. Luckily she was a champ and the ladies who helped me out stepped in a few times to keep us going off the rails.

As you’re probably all wondering, it turned out awesome. The girls decided they would be doing skits to showcase what they learned and were absolutely hilarious. Instead of paying attention to the decorations and other froufrou stuff, parents were watching their kids crack each other up on stage. Much better! Now that it’s all done I’m left with a huge sense of relief and a small ulcer. Just a few more month until the next one!

1 comment:

  1. Glad it went well :) - Tiana (I'm signed into the other account and it shows Corinne's picture. Sorry!)