Our student affairs manager, Molly, is trying her hardest to make it feel like fall here. Sometime in the past two weeks, Christmas lights appeared by the dining area and little pumpkin and ghost decorations showed up on the tables. She had to order pumpkins and candy a full MONTH before Halloween to make sure they arrived on time, and despite the good planning, the shipping company accidentally put the refrigerated food for the WHOLE island in the freezer section and so everyone's food got ruined. So no pumpkins for us. The backup: cantalope carving!
There was a competition for best cantelope design (the turtle won) while sporadic local kids came to trick-or-treat. Later a big group of us went to explore Miss Mayes, which is an old run-down house at the top of a hill near the center, that has local significance as housing the queen on one of her visits a long time ago (I think I'm getting this story straight..??;). Anyway, the inside is completely torn apart with mattresses and broken glass and chairs everywhere, and the stairs are too rickety to climb, so it was a fun exploration for Halloween. Plus to get there you have to watch through brambles and uneven gravel up the hill with no street lights or houses whatsoever.
We are all having VERY fond memories of sweaters and boots and apple cider and falling leaves about now, so when it gets down to a chilly 75 degrees, we all put on our long-sleeved shirts and/or wool socks (no joke). There is the slightest breeze and we think it is getting cold. I literally sat in a hammock the other evening as the sun was going down, listening to Christmas music, in my long sleeves. And it was 77 outside. (Yes I am going to get hypothermia when I get home, and it won't even be snowing)
I'm a twenty-something from the Pacific NW making home in new places as I follow where God leads.
My intent is to show Christ's love to the world and use business to solve some of the social problems we face: hunger, illiteracy, healthcare, economic hardship. For now, I'm in a stage of learning. A little adventuring, a few books, some good friends, and a whole lot of prayer and life runs on.