The Carlington Summit
by H. J. McClemens .

A mother was teaching her 3-year-old the Lord's prayer. For several evenings at bedtime she repeated it after her mother. One night she said she was ready to solo. Her mother listened with pride as she carefully enunciated each word, right up to the end of the prayer. “Lead us not into temptation,” she prayed, “but deliver us some E-mail, Amen.”

The day after I filled the car with gas noting it was down a cent or so, the price of gas dropped about another 3 cents/litre. Doesn't it just make you want to drive around all day so you can fill up with cheaper gas?

A boy was pondering what to get his mother for Mother's Day with a girl who lived next door. “You could clean up your room,” she said, “or promise not to fight with your brothers.”

“No,” he said, “I want to do something more practical.”

As you can see, this paper is reporting on the volunteers in the neighborhood. I can remember working with the Family Movie Club several years ago at W. E. Gowling. In those days, if one or two people were not there, the rest of us had to bust our butts. But we came back week after week, year after year.

There was always a steady stream of kids going and coming to the washroom, especially if there was a lot of dialogue setting up the plot.

Once though, when we were showing the Black Stallion there was one segment with 20 minutes of no dialogue. It was all interactions between the horse and the boy. Not one child went to the washroom in that segment.

The next evening Jim and I showed the Black Stallion to a senior citizens home. There was another segment where the boy and his horse were racing against two other horses. The black stallion got off to a bad start and for the next several minutes there is superb photography and the noise of hooves as the Black chases the other two horses. From behind the projector I could see several very elderly women bouncing in the chairs in the lounge muttering under their breath, “Go, Black, go, go.” These are some of the memorable moments in working as a volunteer.

I have moved on to working in other organizations including 17 years as a volunteer with the Summit.