Yesterday I volunteered at our district's annual Celebration of Families. I had never attended the event before, for various uninteresting reasons. But there was an all-call for help from the district librarian, and I've been feeling a deficit in my "acts of service bank", so I decided to sign up.
The first two hours spent at the registration table were filled with small talk with fellow volunteers (a high school junior and an assistant principal); we only registered a whopping three people. The second two hours I facilitated (hosted) a presenter, dealing with the sign-in sheets, evaluation forms, material distribution--for three attendees. All in all, it was a pretty tame volunteer gig.
It was an unexpected upside to the event that really made my day. This is my fifteenth year in this district, and I guess you could say I've "been around". I have had the pleasure of working with some amazing people in the three career paths I've traveled in those fifteen years, and quite a few of them were there yesterday. Principals, a supervisor, a tech support specialist, parent support specialists, a counselor--all blasts from my past. And they were all happy to see me! I got hugs and handshakes and compliments. By the time I left the event, I was glowing with positive vibes.
Who needs a certificate on the wall proclaiming a job well done...I've left a trail of smiles, and that is enough for me.