I can still remember the day my parents dropped me off for orientation, questioning if I was making the right decision by volunteering or if I was just trying to find an excuse to not join the corporate working world yet. Then during orientation I had a God Wink and I realized I am where I am supposed to be. Something told me to go into the chapel at Malvern Prep and that was the day where it all began. Sitting in the chapel, I felt someone next to me even though I was the only one in there. After talking to God for a while I heard a voice and it was my grandpa’s saying, “Love you too, Aud.” These were the last words my grandpa said to me before passing away. I knew that I would not be on this new journey alone and he would be with me.
The phrase “You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be” continues its meaning with my placement. While choosing which community I would like to be placed in, I said anywhere but Lawrence since my sister served there at Lawrence Catholic Academy. As it turns out, I am a paraprofessional at Lawrence Catholic Academy. I am mostly in the nursery with 3-4-year-olds but I can get called out of the classroom to do whatever is needed. This past week I have been in pre-k, kindergarten, the kitchen and the office while being only a four-day week. However one of these tasks really stuck out to me. An eighth grader was late for school, so I had to walk with her to the church for Friday Mass. On this walk the girl looked like she wanted to cry, when I asked her what was wrong she immediately burst into tears, her and her mother got into an argument before school after they both overslept. She was so upset with her mom and the only words that came out of my mouth were, “When you get into the church, say a prayer for your mom, she needs it.”
One of the most touching moments I had while working was circle time after lunch. One of the teachers puts out a statue of Mother Mary in her classroom and the children say, “Good Afternoon Mary!” They go around saying one thing they are grateful for. Some of the things the children said made me even think how I can forget to say thank you for the simple things in life. Books, puzzles, beds, shoes are just some of these things.
My journey is still just beginning but I have a feeling I will be getting more God Winks to reassure me I am where I am supposed to be, serving in Lawrence, seeing the children’s smiling faces every day.
Lawrence, MA 2016-2017