I'd love to hear the experience others had - was it deep, life changing, surprising...?
I attended as a volunteer with Steinbach Community Outreach. My hope was to learn more about what local programs offer, and to gain a sliver more of understanding about the life of someone who is homeless or desperately poor.
As I attempted to squeeze everything into a backpack (we would each carry our packs on the walk across town to various organizations), suddenly everything I owned became impractical or unnecessary.
|And yes, to me gum for fresh breath is a necessity :)|
Here's what I took. The weather was mild enough that I didn't need the toque, and it was too dark and busy to journal. But the sweater and wooly socks saved me. Ten degrees makes for one chilly sleep!
Packed and ready to go, I couldn't help pacing through the house, scanning each room for that one thing I must be forgetting. I ended up taking silent stock of all the things I wanted that I couldn't have. Coffee. Pillows. Sudoku. Light. Heat. A book to read.
My heart rate quickened as I felt the twinge of leaving.
...What would this be like if I were doing this for real?
|20C when I left, but anticipating 10C at night.|
How to layer without wearing it all at once?
Tie it on ... everywhere.
Presentations ended at midnight, with a smile and wave "Goodnight!"
40 people wandered the park, scouting the best sleep spots.
What a weird exercise.
But I couldn't.
So I tossed the camera into my pack and tried to memorize the moment instead.
After a few hours of sleep, I woke to the chatter of CEOs cupping warm coffee in the gazebo. Over donated muffins and cheese, we compared notes about the night. While we smiled and rubbed our eyes, news crews milled about taking pictures (oh goody) and interviews. (Here's one article & photo)
My Take Away: