by Claire Mathias
My son was supposed to write this blog entry for me. When RMHC first started blogging, that was my intention. Turns out he is a slacker. Of course, in all fairness, he is a 2nd grader with other priorities, like playing with Legos and reading Percy Jackson books. But I think I can guess what he would say about the House:
- Awesome playground. Why can’t we have that at home?
- It’s hysterical to see Ronald McDonald sitting by the front door, day after day, no matter the weather.
- What a huge kitchen and the volunteers preparing meals rock! Especially the ones who bring cookies.
- I love it when Beverly brings her dog Sophie to work.
- Last, but not least, everyone here is so nice!
Thinking back to my son’s hospital stays, I remember fluorescent lighting, constant activity even when it was quiet, the challenges of finding a decent meal, and wishing there was somewhere peaceful to rest. Eating at the cafeteria got old quickly. And sleeping overnight at the hospital? I don’t remember getting much sleep at all.
It’s a challenge for parents to take care of themselves in these circumstances, but we must. Our kids need us to be there for them, physically and emotionally. You can’t afford to get sick from exhaustion. And you don’t want to be so tense that your child can feel it when you hold them in your arms.
Which is where RMHC comes in. Both the House and the Family Room at St. David’s Women’s Center provide so much more than refuge. They are havens. What is the difference? The House…well, the best way I can describe it is that it is a home, in every sense of the word. It isn’t just a meal and a bed. It’s a home-made meal and your own room. The Family Room isn’t just a collection of chairs, it’s comfortable in the way your own living room is (again, in my case, it’s also much neater).
As for working here, what can I say, it really is funny to see Ronald sitting on his bench every day when I come in, the food is plentiful and yummy, Bev’s dog is truly cute, the people are truly nice.
Welcome home, y’all.