“What do you want to do today?” I asked the group, after they had settled in.
One person piped up immediately, “There are these staircases all over the city, I don’t know there they lead, I want to find some of them and see where they go.”
The others quickly agreed, and we set off for a neighborhood downtown where they knew at least one of these staircases lived.
We took the bus downtown, and got off to look for the staircases. As we started on our journey, it became clear that none of us had much of an idea where we were going. We turned left and right, looking around for the staircase, chatting happily and enjoying the adventure. Then it started to rain.
One person said they were cold, and wanted to find a place to warm up. This was our first incidence in which the young people wanted to do totally different things. We stopped, under an overhang, to talk about it. After a few minutes discussion, they agreed to abandon the search (for now) and head to the library, a place they all love.
When we got to the library, we discovered it didn’t open for another hour and a half. So we found places to hang out, talk, and explore as we waited.
A long trip to the library concluded our day.
The day didn’t go as planned, but they took care of one another’s needs, communicated about changes in plans, and found new ways to explore and have fun. Perhaps we will find some staircases next week! Or, perhaps not. We will find out on Tuesday.