Waking with a Smile10.04.2013
According to some existentialistic views, sorry my philosophers are quite rusty at this moment, everyday when you wake up, you have to choose to live that day. And asking yourself that question inevitable brings along another question. The question of "Why?" Well, for one thing, KISC is a reason. I might only have been here for little more than 3 weeks, I might only be short-term staff and I might only have had very little experience with the Centre in general. But the time here so far has been enough to make me wake every morning, tired and maybe a bit sore from the day before, but with a smile on my face. Talking to friends and family at home I often get the question of what I'm doing. The answer is simple. I cook food, clean rooms and sort out recycling. The answer I get is often a hesitating and maybe even a bit confused accept. Because why would you want to travel that far to clean every day, that is when I run out of words. Words to describe the astonishment by looking out the window and seeing the amazing alpine landscape, even from the toilet. Words to describe what makes everyone suddenly start dancing around with cloths and mops in their hands, trying to describe the spontaneous singing and random comments that push you to your knees laughing. I have of course had my moments that were not that enjoyable. As in the moment during a deep clean where you stick your hand in the drain and feel the slimy mixture towards your hand as well as the terrible smell, only to be interrupted by the voice of one of the other shorties singing along to the music completely drowning out the music itself and dancing along. All of this is what makes KISC the place where the smiles are so great, big and many that you actually have to have a vote every week to limit it to only one. Of course being at KISC also has its consequences. Like how I started to notice every little spot on a surface in or outside of the centre, knowing that I will probably have to clean it at some point. How my onion-cutting and sheet-folding skills have increased in speed by at least 200%. How music is the first thing that is turned on no matter what job is to be done and of course, how I can't help but smile whenever I see something pink.