Sometime last school year, Ethan’s Lifeskills class entered a commercial contest for a local bank. Ethan and his friend Matthew worked together on each other’s commercials — Ethan starred in Matthew’s commercial and Matthew and Ethan’s brothers helped Ethan out. The boys did all their video editing on our computer (this is where having a Mac is pretty much awesome!) and lo and behold, Matthew’s commercial won the contest (note: Ethan’s commercial was really good too, but perhaps a tad too morally intense. It involved a person stealing money and then going to confession where the priest suggests he banks with Local Bank, so that might have impacted the judges. Or given them too much to think about.)
Before you watch the commercial, I want to explain a few things because I realized, as I watched it again, how nicely this illustrates Slice of Community Life. Matthew’s family is in our community and they live here in our neighborhood. You will see from watching the video that they really have it going on. Matthew is one of 13 kids in their family, some of whom are adopted. Their family story is inspiring and an example of selfless love.
In addition to that, you will notice all kinds of activity at the house — because Matthew’s family has an urban farm. They have chickens, rabbits, goats, ducks, they had pigs for a while (I think they were pig sitting?), a large garden, and I think they are now raising bees. In addition to all that you will notice some little kids in the film who are Matthew’s nieces and nephews who do not live there anymore but stayed there before they could move into their new home after living overseas.
It’s a cacophony of joy.
All that is to say if you one day decide to visit here but feel like you also have an urge to be a farmer, you would fit into our neighborhood just fine.