Today was another full day back at Alicia’s house. I think we had unanimous agreement that today was much harder than yesterday. On the first day we could see great progress because the backyard looked remarkably different because of the greenery being taken down. Today we spent the day hauling trash out of a makeshift shed. We made one full haul of metal to the salvage yard and four more trips to the dump. That brings the grand total to ten full trailers of stuff hauled off. The hard thing is that there is at least ten to fifteen more loads of stuff that need to be taken away, but Alicia wants to keep the stuff. That has been hard for the group because they want to clear it all out. We talked a lot about loving people today and how loving people is more important than clearing stuff.
We did make a memory today. While loading trash on of our guys dropped a container and it spilled a black substance that had the most horrific smell imaginable to mankind. Nearly the entire team had to leave to go to the front yard to get away from the smell and it never went away. No one knows what it was, but I can assure you that I have smelled some rotten things before and this is the gold medalist. Things went from bad to worse when we found out that one of the team members had loaded the materials it was on into the trailer. By the time we found out it was too late. The “liquid death” had already been flung on four of the five sides of the trailer and was all over other bags and trash that was waiting to go to the dump. We ended up having to take the trailer to the car wash. We didn’t get anything in the van, but the smell that was attached to us also smelled the entire van. We have sense cleaned the interior of the van as well.
On a positive note, we got to eat at Hansen’s Sno-Bliz and we spent the evening taking a dinner cruise on the Steamboat Natchez down the Mississippi River. Another great thing that happened was a mini-reunion. Last year, we took several Leadership Track students to Super Summer at Howard Payne University. One of the adults that led our small groups was a young lady named Lacy. This morning we found out that Lacy was staying below us in the same building we are in. When we got back to the BCM building we had a great share time and then spent some time fixing up the place (repairing doors, working on the shower, and fixing some lights).