TNT was this past weekend… and we survived.
I was recruited to work in the notorious tent with other caf workers Friday night. I was prepared for the worst. Then I was assigned to work the snow cone machine. Oh no! What horrors would wait for me? Surprisingly, it was a lot of fun!
I worked with terrific students while serving those who participated in TNT. Sure, I got all gooey from the colorful syrups of the frozen desserts and tried conversing with awkward tweens, but hey, it was more fun than I could’ve imagined.
With crushed ice ready, I would ask the next guest in line what flavor they wanted for their snow cone. Blue-raspberry was the most popular followed by cherry, and lime. A total of two people asked for orange…go figure. As the evening went on, I got creative with my repartee as I would hand the snow cone to the guest.
If they’d ask for a mix of blue and cherry, I’d hand it to them and say, “Here’s your Pepsi logo!” If it’d be a mix of lime and cherry, I’d say, “Yum! Christmas colors!” or “Pretend you’re eating a lightsaber battle.” My favorite would be the mix of blue and lime. I’d hand the cone over with a dorkish grin and say, “Look at that! A Smurf with green hair!” Most kids just looked at me blankly, thanked me for the snow cone, and walked away confused. And when I say most, I mean every single one.
I now realize my mistake. It’s not a Smurf with green hair. It’s the Grinch after getting hit with a snowball. A blue snowball…?
Let me know if you come up with anything better than that. I need new material.
The point is, Mary Poppins was right when she said, “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and SNAP the job’s a game.” I didn’t really want to work in the tent that night, but I did my best to have a good attitude. And SNAP I found the game within the job. I’ve approached many projects with a sour attitude and guess what, it ended sourly. I’d rather have a positive attitude to have a positive experience.
A week ago, I was dreading the approaching storm labeled TNT. Though I’m glad it’s over now, I will always remember the three hours I handed out Smurfs with green hair to the kids of TNT.
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