A Convention Day
This is what a common or typical day at a 2x2 CONVENTION is like when I was a young 2x2 kid.
My alarm goes off. I wake up and look around. Many people are still asleep in the mens tent. My clothes are in a duffel bag under my cot. It's about 5:30 AM. I swing my feet out of my sleeping bag onto the dirt floor covered with a mat. I slip on yesterday's pants and my shoes and grab my toiletries and fresh clothes and head down to the outhouse at the bottom of the hill. Once there, I brush my teeth. I wash my hair in the cold water and fill a pan with some water and give myself a "spit-bath". Then I slip on my clean clothes and trudge back up the hill to the tent. Few if any people are awake. Nobody is praying. I stuff my dirty clothes and toiletries under the bed (no valuables are kept there because they will probably be stolen) and walk over to the kitchen building. There the kitchen is stirring and already warm. People are pulling things out of the walk-in refrigerator and preparing dishes. I start up the production toaster and gathered the white bread (usually puffy white bread was served for breakfast), butter and brush. I line up the stacked trays for toast and unwrap a package of bread. Then I stand there for about half an hour feeding the toaster with white bread and pulling the toasted bread off, buttering it with a brush and putting it into trays. The trays are then set on a counter between the kitchen and the dining room for the servers to put on the tables.
Breakfast is served at a dining table for the BROTHER WORKERS, SISTER WORKERS, families with kids, and older folks. The rest have stand up dining in a dining tent. The BROTHER WORKERS and SISTER WORKERS sit at a table separate from the rest and have more servers per table. They also have better foods than other tables and cater to the WORKERS eating requests.
I would go to the serving area and be handed a stainless tray with indentations for food. Then I would go through the line and get eggs, corn grits, toast (that I had made earlier) and hash. Then I would be handed a cup which I filled with water in the dining tent and a napkin rolled around a stainless fork and spoon. I would walk to the dining tent and set my tray on a stand-up table. There I would fill my cup with water. Coffee, tea and milk were also available. After eating, I would take my tray to the waste area where the napkins were thrown into one container and some people were there to scrape the waste food into some garbage cans.
From breakfast time until morning meeting I got ready for the meeting and maybe read my Bible. Most folks hung around and talked by the MEETING SHED.
Morning MEETING lasted 2 hours. The morning MEETINGS are not so hot as the afternoon MEETINGS. The best part of the MEETING was when the WORKER speaking from the platform announced that they were going to sing the last hymn and then the wait persons and dishwashers were free to go first. I typically left first because I was hungry and would rather wash dishes than sit in line for half an hour in the hot sun.
I would get lunch in the same manner as breakfast.
After eating, I would hand my tray to the person who scraped the trays. The trays were put into tubs and hauled to the dish washing area. This was a metal trailer that had a line-up of washing stations. The first station washed the bulk of the food from the tray, then it was sent to the next tub which washed the food with soap. Then the tray went into a rinsing tub and was stacked in a wooden and metal box. This was placed into a steamer to disinfect and heat up the trays. From there it went to a table where it was dumped out. The trays were dried with towels and stacked for the next meal. It was like community living. Most people just ate meals and a few participated in the work.
I usually worked at the wash tubs scrubbing the trays. We would don waterproof aprons and roll up our sleeves. They put a lot of bleach in the water and my hands would become pale and nearly white. Most times the water was kept hot. Sometimes we had rubber gloves that we could wear to protect our hands.
Afternoon MEETINGS were 2 hours long. By this time a person's mind was numb.
Supper was served like lunch. Typically stew meat on baked potatoes, green beans and some fruit salad.
Evening MEETING was 1 1/2 hours long. A person's mind was already numb from talk after the morning MEETING.
Saturday evening MEETINGS and the last Sunday MEETING were tested by WORKERS. Most people who PROFESS do so at CONVENTION. There is a lot of family and peer pressure on the kids and a person's sense of normalcy is changed by living at the CONVENTION GROUNDS for 3-4 days while listening to the WORKERS for 5 1/2 hours per day. Coming back down to reality after CONVENTIONS takes a while. This is another indication of brainwashing.
After evening MEETING, hot chocolate and sometimes marshmallows were offered in the dining tents. Sometimes there was fruit salad leftover from supper too.
Portage La Prairie
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