The day started like any normal day or so I thought. Breakfast and then off to our first day of Head Start kids. Stopped at a really neat coffee shop in Pine Ridge. Got some Lakota coffee. It was really good. Then to the school. Set up and then came the start of the kids. Mandy, from the school did an awesome job of bringing the kids to us and keeping it going.
We had our awesome group of workers. Elisha from HSA (Health Science Academy), Peggy Manson, Ruth Burns, Dr. Manson, and myself. Jerry was awesome keeping the kids entertained and giving each child one of our gift bags. I was weighing and measuring, Elisha and Peggy were doing visions as well as entertaining the kids and getting the. In the room to Ruth who was doing the blood pressures and heart rates, then on to Dr. Manson for their physicals. They were from ages 5 -18 months that we saw. Talk about well behaved children. We asked them to do something and they gladly did it. No back talk or anger, they just did it. We saw about 46 kids in about 4 – 5 hours.
It wasn’t all work though. We walked to Native Rose for lunch. A restaurant run by a woman inner own. Good food. The building was as you would expect on this very poor reservation. After work I enjoyed a ride through the reservation. Dr. Manson took us to White Clay which is outside the boarder of the reservation where it is legal to sell beer. It is so sad as well as frightening. Elisha said on the way back through that two men were fighting. I told doc he should go back because someone is going to need his help. He said only if I went with him. I told him I would be right here behind him, right here, meaning in the car, behind him. He laughed and needless to say didn’t go back.
They took me to Singing Horse trading post. I got a few things there. Then back to the motel for a wonderful taco supper from the other group. Yummy. Then had reflections and discussions of the day. We had lots of laughs. They are a funny, awesome group of young people. Then off to bed.