Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Community Service and JFK Museum

     Yesterday morning we went to iHop for breakfast. It was the first time I I had been to iHop and it was delicious. After breakfast we went and did our community service at a homeless resource center. It was such a magnificent experience.  Coming from New Hampshire I had never truly experienced homelessness first hand. I had of course seen and heard about it in the media but it is such a rarity in New Hampshire that I had never really seen it.
     Pulling in to the center was not what I was expecting. There were people outside sitting on the street trying to stay warm and dry from the cold rain. It was really sad and heartbreaking.  Then we went inside the center and I felt an overwhelming sense of sadness  and I felt so uncomfortable. I felt their eyes glued to all of us parading through their territory. I felt terrible knowing I had a warm place to go and had clothes on my back that were clean and dry. Guilt overcame me and I think I had a nice taste of what it feels like to be a minority under the scrutiny of the general public.
     This center that we went to had so many resources for the homeless and it was unbelievably impressive. They had a dental work office, medical center, mental health help, and a food pantry plus so much more. Our project was to sort out holiday donations and sort donated coats. It was extremely exciting to me. I loved doing it- organizing like that is so entertaining for me and I knew I was helping the greater good.
     After our community service we went to Dealey Plaza where JFK was assassinated. We went to the Sixth Floor Museum which was an interesting experience. I got to take a picture from a floor above where Lee Harvey Oswald shot JFK. I was surprised to learn as much as I did and I was surprised I was as interested in the subject as I was. I didn't find myself to be bored like I expected myself too. There were also a lot of amazingly restored original photos and videos from that day and the clarity in some of them astonished me. There was also a giant picture of JFK and then another of Jackie Kennedy. The two pictures mere made out of 55,000 tiny pictures of each other. It was crazy m see the close up view of the tiny pictures and then the big picture.
     For dinner we went to an authentic BBQ place which I had been waiting for since I joined the class. I got a giant plate of delicious pulled pork, Mac and cheese, and mashed potatoes. It was so delicious but I got full so quickly. I can't wait for our next adventures to an old jail I'm Houston and then the NASA Space Center!

1 comment:

  1. What an amazing experience for you. It's hard not to feel guilty isn't it? Whenever Natalie and I see someone asking for help in Concord with a sign, we give what we can. You are a kind person Rose, I'm so proud of you.