Monday, August 21, 2017

On the set of "The Shocklosers, Surviving Camp Analog"

I just wanted to share a quick story with you about an excellent adventure our family had recently.  Our son Ian was invited to be an extra in a film being made locally at Camp Trico.  We got a last minute notice and so his sister Atlee was ironing clothes at 10:42 at night and Bubba and I were getting him packed like he was going to camp for a week.  Those things would all be used as props in the film.  We arrived on set at 6:30 that next morning(Wednesday) and didn't know it at the time but we would be there through Saturday. 

One of the first days of filming, a young man named Ryan asked Ian if he wanted to play UNO.  Ian declined as he didn't really know how to play it that well.  Ryan persisted and pulled Ian up a chair and showed him the basics of how to play.  At that moment, I thought what a kind young man he was.  I tucked that thought away so I could later tell his mom. They loved to play cards in between takes and it was so refreshing to see kids enjoy each others company.

The next day they had a "cast party" for all the kids and staff equipped with shrimp, steak on a stick, fruit kabobs, and so much more.  I was the accidental DJ for the swim party and I loved it.  They sang and danced in the water to the music I played.  Here again, I heard Ryan say to Ian, "what are you doing?".  Ian answered, "not much".  Ryan included him again by saying, "well you could be, come join us".  What a kid!  I was so impressed with him and his inclusion of all the new kids(extras).  I later had a chance to tell his mom I had nicknamed him Baby Jesus because of his kindness he had shown.

The next day Ian led his own game of UNO with all the other extras.  It was heartwarming to see the new friendships forming. All the kids have connected on social media and will film again soon. Ian can't wait to see his new friends!

It is possible to lead by example and make a difference.  Thank you Ryan.

Matthew 7:12 NIV So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Galatians 6:9-10 NIV   9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

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