Problem Solvers

Problem Solvers

This week, I have another car story.  I know, it’s almost poetic the way I’ve had so many car issues in the past two weeks since I paid the car off.    But I guess life’s kind of like that.
So, last week I was driving home from work and my keys were annoying me because they kept bumping my leg, so I took my little key fob and hung it on my cruise-control lever.  Problem solved.  And then I went to make a turn.  A hasty turn.  A turn I wouldn’t normally take so fast, but the one-way street was ending and I was face-to-face with a giant truck I was determined to turn in front of.   But my steering wheel wouldn’t turn.  Here I am, about to run full on into either a truck or the funeral parlor on the corner, and my steering wheel is locked up and I can’t do a thing about it!  Somewhere in that fraction of a second, adrenaline kicked in and I turned the wheel with all my strength to the left.  Crack! Pop! Snap!  I have no idea what’s breaking, but my steering wheel frees up just in time for me to make a right turn onto Adams Street.  Crack! Pop! Snap!  By the time I’m able to look down and collect my thoughts, I realize my keys have gotten so caught up in my steering wheel, they’ve ripped the cruise-control lever completely out of the steering column.  Horrified and still confused, I snatch my keys and drop them in my lap, trying to determine my next move as I drive down the road.  And that’s when I realize that my car shouldn’t be driving if my keys are in my lap.  Sure enough, I had snapped my key off in the ignition.
Sometimes you need a problem-solver.   Someone who can look objectively at the situation, step in, and satisfy a need.
 Last week we hosted 20 of Grant County’s best young problem-solvers at our Youth Grants meeting.  The Youth Grants program is all about teaching kids how to be philanthropic in their communities.  The program is split into two age groups. The Youth Grants JR Program is for 4th and 5th graders, and the Youth Grants SR Program is for 7th & 8th graders.  This committee gets together twice a year to present and vote on grants for their schools and community.  These oh-so-awesome students represent each elementary and middle school in the county, and based on their well-thought-out and thoroughly-researched grant proposals, I feel confident about the future of Grant County.
From drums and pianos to disaster relief and war monuments.  From Cancer Services to Marion/Grant County Senior Center, a variety of needs and community organizations were represented as these young problem-solvers stood in front of their peers and discussed solutions to local challenges.   At the end of the day, the Community Foundation’s Youth Grant Committee was able to grant nearly $6,000 to worthy causes throughout the county.  Problems solved.
As for my little key-stuck-in-the ignition problem, I took it to Dad.  He was able to get the key out, and then used his “Dad magic” to put my cruise-control lever back together and safely back in the steering column where it belonged.  (Seriously, how do dads do it?!)  Problem solved.
 
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