|"Health is a function of participation." ...|
There's a covered outdoor area where arts and crafts projects are scheduled, sheltered from the fierce heat of the summer sun. And there are meeting areas at various places around the property where children and docents can sit and confer, either on bales of hay gathered around in a circle, or on benches made from roughly hewn logs.
I was sitting on one such roughly hewn log bench, speaking with a docent who conducts classes for the visiting children. I shared with her how much I love the place, how fortunate I think the children are who get to spend time here - not to mention how fortunate I think the staff are who get to spend time running its programs.
I asked her what she liked most about her work. She became quiet. I could tell she was looking to come up with the thing to share to epitomize what she enjoys most about working here.
Was she going to say she likes working with children? Was she going to say she likes being outdoors? Was she going to say she's inspired to be on the team who run this bucolic facility? When she eventually did speak again, this is what she said exactly: "What I like most is since I started working here, I don't get sick anymore!".
What?! Now it was my turn to be quiet. She didn't have to say one word more. She didn't have to qualify what she said any further, for that matter. Although others may have called for an explanation, with me she didn't have to explain it. And she did. Later. But she didn't have to: I got it totally. How utterly amazing: since she started working here ... "I don't get sick anymore!" ... Wow! Just: wow. An extraordinary admission ... out of nowhere.
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