Now, THIS was a fun day! I went to the Estonian Baptist Church Youth Group Reunion with my husband who attended this church in the ’60s and ’70s and was very active in the choir as well as the youth group. What a wonderful bunch of people. I am so thankful that I married into this family and friends!
We started with an intense volleyball tournament. Volleyball was the game of choice in all Estonian outdoor gatherings. The team that I was delegated to (fondly known as “The Geritols”) didn’t look all that great on the forefront of the tournament but we were definitely a force to be reckoned with! The problem was that we had to play three games back to back and by the middle of the third game, we were all hurting! I came out of this fierce competition with a pulled muscle, significantly bruised and skinned kneecaps, blood vessels bursting in my hands and wrists, a sprained thumb and a rather sore shoulder – not to mention an overall body ache and exhaustion from diving for that wretched ball. I hope that I will be able to get myself out of bed tomorrow morning!
Chris and I enjoyed a great dinner conversation at the banquet that followed, filled with “Remember when…” stories and a lot of laughs.
The very best part of the day was when everyone from the youth group of years ago, met at the piano and started practicing the songs that they are going to perform at church tomorrow morning. One of the songs, “His Spirit is Here” was one of the most moving pieces I have ever heard. I was sitting in the background, quietly untangling yarn and soaking in this glorious harmony of unrehearsed, yet passionate voices echoing throughout the venue. It was a beautiful moment – watching Chris do what he loves to do… music.
I can hardly wait to hear this (former) youth group sing tomorrow.