Measuring independence

Kemberly Roberts
Staff Writer

Derick and I are two of the youth leaders at Sedgwick Baptist Church. Last weekend, we joined four other adult church members on a youth trip to Six Flags in St. Louis.

Surprisingly, the trip went much easier than I had expected. The kids were a joy to be around. Derick and I enjoyed swimming with them, as well as riding all the rides at the park. All the kids were on such good behavior. We really didn't experience much of the typical fieldtrip problems such as losing a child, or someone getting sick or fighting. We truly had some awesome fellowship and were able to serve the Lord and have fun at the same time.

All our kids have very unique personalities. There are several traits in each kid that I find very interesting, and it's intriguing to sit down and really listen to each one and learn how they think and feel.

Probably one of the strongest personalities in our group goes by the name of Geena, and she is a beautiful, intelligent young lady that I am truly blessed to know. Geena is the type of girl who always knows how to make people laugh, and she's always willing to help when she's needed.

Before we went to Six Flags on Monday morning, we stopped for breakfast at McDonald's. I was joking with a couple of the girls, including Geena, telling them that they should become "independent women." When I told Geena that she was already independent, she looked slightly offended and said "No I'm not!"

Derick then asked, "Geena, do you know what independent means?" and Geena replied with honesty, "No, I don't."

After Derick explained to her that being independent means that you strive to do things by yourself, Geena smiled and yelled, "Oh yeah! I am independent! I know how to fry fish on a grill!"

I've since decided that if that's how true independence is measured, Geena, though half my age, already has me beat by a long shot!

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