Today was my day to volunteer at marching band camp. I signed up for 2 hours and ended up spending about twice as much time there. I'm exhausted even though I didn't have to stand in the sun, march, or carry a 35-pound Sousaphone.
I used to be a Regional Co-Advisor for SCBWI-MI, and since then, I've tried to limit my volunteer hours. Some of the moms I met today used a week of vacation time to work at band camp from 8:00AM - 9:00PM, Monday-Saturday. I admire their dedication. The marching band could not perform at its current standard without their help. Volunteers everywhere deserve more recognition than they get.
However, volunteering is not completely selfless. Watching the high school girls gave me several fashion tips for my WIP.