A couple points of preface:
- Hi. I’m sorry I’ve been so bad at blogging. Please blame my full time job and seasonal affective disorder.
- This is not as edited as it should be. When my eyes uncross, I will give it another pass. Until then, consider yourself lucky that it stays somewhat on topic and contains few wildly misspelled words.
- Sponsor me for the 826 Boston Write-a-Thon! Fuzzy feelings will develop!
I came to 826 the way I come to an embarrassingly large number of things: through a podcast. The Dead Author’s Podcast is an awareness- and fund- raising show for 826 LA. It’s an irreverent improvised interview between two comedians: one, a dead author brought to the present and the other, a real time machine-owning H.G. Wells. Naturally, I loved it at first listen. Kids, the show is not for you, sorry.
So when I was looking for for a place to volunteer, 826 was one of the first organizations that I researched. Never underestimate the power of just knowing the name of a thing, ladies and gentlemen. I was a bit intimidated— I’d be vying for volunteering gigs against college students (which, at last count, made up about 76% of the population of Boston), the center is a thirty minute drive from where I live, and it’s also in what I had been told was the “roughest of the rough” neighborhoods in the city. But I still signed up for a volunteer orientation. The worst I could say was no.
I was sorely disappointed to discover that I would not be able to volunteer in the after school tutoring program. My nine-ish to five-ish lifestyle and suburban digs didn’t mesh with that schedule. There was also a Saturday program, but I got the impression that you had to be very skilled to get in with them. Saturday afternoons are reserved for teenaged students with more intensive, specialized assignments. I went ahead and asked to be considered as an alternate, anyway, checking the box for every subject that I thought I might be useful in.
If you’ve known me for more than ten minutes, you are surely asking yourself: “Why tutoring, Kate Bosco, the woman who swore never to teach another day in her life?”
GUYS. I am doing a thing that is forcing me to write. For the children!