Today all four of the downtown interns met up to do a kid trip together. Our intent was to take out three siblings, two from my kids program and one from the youth program. The youngest was feeling ill however, so we set out with four leaders and two children. A twelve year old girl and nine year old boy.
We hopped on a streetcar, heading to the park with nothing but our sense of adventure and a Frisbee. Both ended up coming in handy.
When we got there the kids ran to the ‘merry-go-round’, you know, the little park version where you hold onto metal bars and spin yourself. When they were sufficiently dizzy we had races down slides, swung on swings and mused happily at the story of Noah’s ark that was displayed on the park equipment.
There was a brief stint where the little boy and I were playing pirate. I let him be the Captain (which was a big step for me), and asked if I could be First Mate. When the boy leaders ran up I told them that they could be Powder Monkeys… I’m not sure that they believed me that that was an actually role on a pirate ship. But it is. At this point the pirate game stopped. (It’s just like me to ramble on and on about pirates even though it was the smallest part of the day.)
When we grew weary of the playground we decided to pull out our secret weapon. The Frisbee.
That little boy turned out to be a born leader with a creative mind. He directed us to rather interesting Frisbee games. After a bit of progression we came to the game ‘Frisbee battles’. Three of us stood at the top of the hill and three at the bottom. (The young leader had a system of rotations so that everyone enjoyed each vantage point of course.) We would throw the Frisbee and call the names of two people who would then race to catch the Frisbee.
There were a few times where we found ourselves rolling down the hill missing the Frisbee all together, and it got rather competitive when two leaders were racing each other. It only got stuck in one tree, and thankfully it was retrieved. That little guy came up with an awfully fun game.
By the time we had to go we were all a tad bit tired from having to race up and down a hill after a bright orange Frisbee… But I think we were all rather pleased with our day.
I mean, Frisbees and pirates… Running up hills and rolling down them… Two amazing kids and three great friends. I couldn’t have had a better day.
[Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. -Philippians 4:8]