There are a lot of things I miss about being an ACLC last year. I miss the quick, get-ready in the morning routine, that only involved a uniform and some lunch, the manual labor that drained me of all my energy by the end of the day and the comradery of being on a crew. I find myself missing the daily routine of the stretch and safety circle most of all though, which could be surprising for some people who have participated in one.
Every morning at Mile High Youth Corps, the first thing that everyone does, before heading out into the field is participate in the STRETCH AND SAFETY CIRCLE. There is a question of the day that each person answers while providing the group with a stretch and a safety concern. Initially, these questions are used as a tool to get to know each other better and kind of break the ice.
Where are you from?
Best ice cream flavor?
What superhero would you be?
As time progresses, the questions seem to take on a life of their own and for me, created some great moments at work. There were the questions that just made you laugh till you had tears in you eyes, and others that made you think (maybe a little harder than you wanted to at 7:30 in the morning).
What would your home run song be?
If redbull gave you wings for an hour, what would you do?
What are your two least favorite states and why?
What was the worst haircut you got as a kid?
What was your worst first date?
If you could put anyone in jail, who would it be?
If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?
The stretch and safety circle is kind of a mysterious way to start the morning. It can be really, really, really boring, which is most likely due to the early morning and maybe a lack luster question. On the other hand, it can be a great bonding moment and a great way to get to know your crew. The answers that come from people can be very surprising and wonderful nuggets into how their mind works. My personal favorite was, what was worst your first date? The answers made me laugh so hard my face hurt and I was a little sore for the rest of the day. To the Corpsmembers now, embrace the stretching and think of some great questions to get to know your crew with!
~Michelle Shea, Outreach Alumni Mentor