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Sock It To Me
Hunter's notoriously fun socks have become a symbol for me over the past two weeks of everything that is good and right about living in community.
First there is Hunter, the community builder himself. He's the ten year old boy who barrels onto the courts every morning, sporting funky socks and ready to get that day's party started.
He has eyes that sparkle, a smile that shines and a presence that more than fills his space.
Then there is the impact that he and his socks have on the community around him.
Everyone is more energetic because Hunter shows up to tennis camp ready to throw himself into the experience. Parents and kids alike “ooo” and “aaahhh” over his latest sock choice and admire the confidence with which he sports them.
We bond over our mutual curiosity about where he got them, how long he's been collecting socks, and how his interest started. Consequently, people who might never have engaged in conversation with one another find themselves making introductions and forging friendships.
And most importantly, he compels us to participate. At least four times in the last two weeks my boys have come home from camp asking if they can order fun socks for Hunter and then rummaging through their own drawers for the funkiest combination of socks they can find.
Really, I don't really know if it's the funky socks that they are drawn to or if it is the lure of seeing what it looks like to be a community-builder.
They think it is the socks that are doing the trick, but really what they are picking up on is Hunter's energy and enthusiasm and the positive impact he is having, because he so willingly shares himself with others.
Tennis camp ends today and while I know their tennis games have improved tremendously, I also think my boys have observed, first-hand, what it looks like to shine in your corner of the world just by sharing your uniqueness.