My friend and I have been asked to head up a project. The project will be a cookbook SLASH anecdote book about life in the Dominican Republic.
It got me to thinking, well, first, that I don’t cook, but then, what would I tell someone? What stories do I have? What advice would I give?
It’s such a broad question. I said, at the dinner where this was presented, “I just don’t know that I have anything to contribute to this from my experiences.” Then my friend told me.
She said, “Melissa, the way you are able to interact at the baseball games, make friends, and meet people, that’s you. That’s your story.” Well, she said something like that, but the way I wrote it is how I heard her words. And I think it’s true. I don’t really have a lot of talents. But I really do like to meet people, have fun, make people laugh, and show them the love of Jesus. And I hope that’s what I’m doing at the baseball games.
Through going to the games, I’ve made friends with people who sell food, people who serve food, players, fans, and even the President of the team. The players wave and smile at me, and the security guards watch out for me. Sometimes, players even drive us home.
There’s something to be said about being fun and smiling. Don’t you want to be around fun, smiling people? I know I do. And for me, here in the D.R., I’ve found I feel safe, and I feel comfortable, and it’s because I’ve put myself out there to meet people. In doing that, I’ve made a community of friends who watch out for me.
I don’t know if that’s a talent, or what it is, but it’s my story, and it’s what I have to offer people about this country: Smile, show joy, be kind, and talk to people.