Lately, I have been thinking quite a bit about my older RPM “kids”, who are not really kids at all, but young adults. These young adults, in their late teens and early twenties, are without a doubt, the most selfless, caring individuals I have ever met. Throughout their writings are consistent themes of desires to: make meaningful contributions to society; form strong friendships; learn; educate; gain independence; help other nonspeaking kids; and hold worthwhile employment. I take their words very seriously and am constantly thinking of ways to help them meet their goals. So, my friend and fellow RPM provider, Meghan Pennington told me that she and her client, Camille, were participating in Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery, I thought this was the perfect opportunity for these young adults to be of service and hang out together!
So, EARLY morning, on December 13, we set out on our first RPM Young Adults Outing! My crew: Meghann, my GKTC counterpart and RPMer extraordinaire (yes, there are 2 Meghann/Meghans in this story!); Christie, my partner in crime; and Linda, willing friend and adventurer and I met up with our band of young adults –Ben, Huan, Emma and Paul at the metro to ride to Arlington Cemetery. Because our young adults have expressed a desire for independence, this was a parent-free outing, and we “companions” agreed to be as un-parental, un-clingy, yet responsible as possible! Better than any words I could expend telling you about our day, I think these pictures tell the story best!
As you can see, our first RPM Young Adults Outing was a huge success and will not be our last! My kids are constantly challenging me to think of new ways to involve them in the community to: learn; educate; be of service; and show the world they are smart, talented and have something to contribute. I am always on the lookout for new and interesting things to do (Don’t worry, I have ideas in mind for my elementary and middle school kids too!). Our challenge to you is to get together with your kids and RPM friends and see what you can contribute to your community! ~Elizabeth