Car accidents, earthquakes and hurricanes, OH MY! Needless to say our summer is not wrapping up on a dull note. It all started Monday late afternoon after leaving Sidwell in the middle of rush hour. Another car ended up crossing into our lane causing a minor fender bender in the Handwork Studio mobile. If you haven't heard about DC traffic, saying it is atrocious is an under statement in my book. Everybody was fine except for the front driver side with a slight indentation.
As if that were not enough excitement for the week Tuesday, August 28th, left us all a little shaken. Well into our afternoon the room hummed with campers crafting and slowly a tremor built up. At first we thought maybe it was construction but the shaking intensified and continued. After a quick look at Jennelle we called all the children and stood together in the doorway and waited for the shaking to subside. Having 50 pairs of questioning eyes looking at you to let them know everything is OK was an overwhelming experience. the fabulous Handwork Studio staff, Kina, Dania, Sophia, Jenelle, and Amanda handled the situation beautifully. Fortunately, we also had the the help of the Sidwell Summer Staff, Elizabeth and Katelyn. We evacuated the building in an incredibly orderly fashion (now kids know why we tell them to keep their shoes on!). We made our way out to stable grounds and kept all of our campers occupied with games. Some were nervous and concerned but thanks to calmness and organization of our staff the children remained safe and calm too.
I promise this is not a doom and gloom message, in fact the opposite. For better or worse it sometimes takes a near miss to make you appreciate what you have; Your health, family, job security ;), etc. I would just like to thank the entire Handwork Studio staff for a wonderful Summer and for providing such good care to all the children that came through our camps. Parents entrust us everyday with their most trusted commodity and I would like to point out what a wonderful job everyone has been doing.
Now as I sit here typing this message I am sitting with my family listening to the rain and wind swirl around us while we apprehensively wait to ride out Hurricane Irene. To make the best of this less then ideal weather I am going to try my hands at making an afghan that my grandmother taught me how to do last week when I visited. I would like to wish everyone a much less eventful week :)