Bit of news: starting in a few weeks, I'll be volunteering as an adult literacy tutor. There's an all-day training class held once a month at the library; and the end of it, I'll be immediately matched with a student. He or she will have a list of goals to work toward (getting a driver's license, filling out employment applications, etc.), and we'll work directly on those while also following a lesson plan geared to improve general literacy.
I'm really, really looking forward to this experience. It's a long-term program; I'll work one-on-one with a single student, for a six-month stretch. We'll meet twice a week, for an hour or so at a time, either at the library or any public place of our choosing. It's no small commitment, and I know it's going to test me. But the greater the investment, the great the payoff.
I love my life, I really do. But I need something that will regularly take me out of my own head for a few hours a week. I want to put my thoughts into someone else's well being for a change. And what's the quote? You can't help someone else get up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself.
In other philanthropic news, tonight I'm going to the prom. A. donated some of his prints to be auctioned off at a prom-themed charity event sponsored by a local cancer center. So it's Prom Redux for your blogmistress, who will probably be the only one wearing a short dress, because that's all I've got. Huzzah.