Lessons on Joy and Laughter from our Youth

Lyndi Jo Trammell, Youth Intern at Munger Place

Starting Project Transformation was a bit scary and overwhelming because I came to Dallas on a whim and had no idea what I was about to get myself into. Little did I know, but I was about to fall in love with this program in just a matter of days.


Working with the youth at Munger Place has taught me many new things every day, like what Minecraft is or the coolest social media sites. There is one important thing I have relearned from my kids though and that is joy and laughter. Over the past few years, I have found myself getting lost in the seriousness of jobs, bills, and my school work. Somewhere along the way, I lost some of my free spirit. Through Project Transformation and my kids, I am finding myself again. These kids have this addictive joy that I cannot get enough of. They are always laughing and running around without a care. Something as simple as elbow tag (which everyone should play at some point in their life) turns into an unstoppable, contagious round of laughter. Last week, we were playing elbow tag and there was an odd number of us so I sat out to just watch while the kids played and I could not help smile while they ran around in circles chasing each other. When I am around my kids my heart is so full and I cannot imagine spending a day without them. 


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