As this year of service comes to a close I look back and recall the times where I felt at home in myself and in my work. Moments where joy overcame me and I embodied my belief of success. These moments grew more frequent as I became more comfortable with myself as a teacher and mentor and as I gained fluency with my programs and partnerships.
The streets are lined with families, children, dogs, older adults, cousins, and business owners. Flags are waving and candy chants shouting and everyone is smiling at one another as we pass through. Alongside my fellow service members we decided to participate in the 3rd of July parade as a way to showcase our gratitude to the community that gardens with us.