By this time of SERVE week, everyone is pooped. They've worked from early morning until late afternoon or early evening with breaks only for meals. Except for kids who figure out how to work their own breaks into the work day by flattening "unruly" grass with their backs, for example. But generally, they deserve a mid-week celebration, and so we load 'em up in eleventy seven vans and head out into God's country and roast a giant hog for them. Because everyone, after working in hot, humid Indiana sauna heat needs to cool down with pork, the "refreshing " meat.
Happily, there is a pond there, as well, and there is the requisite belly floppin' contest. So they go into the pond all muddy, come out even muddier, and eat pork. Teenage heaven.
In the following mess of pictures, you will see kids praying with nursing home residents, painting park bridges, picking up trash, dancing at a neighborhood block party, belly floppin' at the pond, flexing their construction muscles while wearing glamorous sunglasses, and my dog, ZOE, who is this year's mascot. Last year's mascot was a black pug, who did OK in her role, but really, Zoe brings a whole new fresh viewpoint to her prestigious position, and I think (and you know I'm totally unbiased) she is the best mascot we've had. In our Daily Dish newsletter, we printed last year's mascot's pic and Zoe's and offered a ballot for kids to nominate their pet for 2008's mascot. (But there will be tiny big shoes to fill after Zoe, you know.)