GISH is The Greatest Scavenger Hunt started and organized (if you could use that word to describe it) by Supernatural actor, Misha Collins. It is in its tenth year, and this will be my eighth participating. This year was a little different due to the pandemic, and Collins, his GISHGnomes, and the players really stepped up to provide food and water to those in need while also giving us a well-deserved respite from home isolation.
There were three GISH hunts held this year (and one more still coming up for Halloween); two mini hunts, one in April and one in May and our regular week long hunt in August. The mini hunts were unusual in that they were about twenty-four hours long and they were meant to be done while on home quarantine.
They were a break from the daily pandemic news, and let us take a breath and do more than fret and worry about what was happening. They included a kids’ menu with items especially for our stuck at home kids to do, either with us or on their own.
The big hunt in August was similar to past hunts but most items were meant to be done at home or on social media. No in-person gatherings according to local laws. There were also several tributes to John Lewis who had recently died, inspirational items, and items that were civic minded like protesting, prison reform, and voting including our rights and registration drives.
The registration monies went to No Kid Hungry, which you can still donate to individually.
I can only give you my August totals. I was not great about keeping track of the mini-hunts for points. I contributed to a total of fifteen items, seven of which were individual, the other eight being team items for a total of 214 individual points and 480 team points totalling 694 points.
I have to be honest, but I enjoyed these hunts more than I’ve enjoyed some of the previous years. I like the civic mindedness, the social justice aspects, the caring for neighbors, random acts of kindness and compassion.
I would encourage people who are curious to join the Halloween H(a)unt. Each registration donates money to UNICEF providing clean water for a person in need for six months. Registration ends on October 23rd, and the H(a)unt will go live Oct. 30 – Nov. 1.
The captions on the following photos will explain the items. For the spring mini-hunt, I have them listed as April/May although they may have been done for either:
The last item I did: (UP TO 2 MINUTES) Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis recently passed away. At his funeral, former President Obama read his eulogy, and Former Presidents Clinton and Bush also made remarks. Listen to all three memorial speeches, then write a single paragraph about commonalities between the three speeches.
For my video, I also added a photo of Rep. Lewis and a musical introduction. It was very amateur looking but it was sincere. This is the prose:
John Lewis was a hero of mine and so I was honored to be asked to do this item, and I was so happy to see several items related to his life’s work: voting and voting rights.
It is something when three Presidents speak about you in the kind of glowing terms they did for Congressman Lewis. Each has their own style, their own memories, their own friendships to cherish and to share, but they all had a few things in common.
Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama are all preachers in their own ways. Not the same kind of preacher that John Lewis was and went to school for, but they all have that way of speaking, of calling witness to a man’s life. From a young age, John Lewis was called to be a minister who took care of others and this began with preaching to his chickens and if one became dinner, his first non violent protest was a hunger strike. He always preached the Gospel in Word and Deed.
All three praised the way he brought the power of working together, keeping on the move, always moving towards his beloved community, knowing that as far as we go, the work doesn’t end here.
All three gave a history lesson of the civil rights movement which can’t be told without John Lewis at the forefront: Nashville sit-ins, the Freedom Rides, the youngest speaker at the March on Washington, and of course Bloody Sunday on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
John Lewis was a gentle, humble man, always longing to do what’s right. He always saw the best in the rest of us; never giving up, and never not speaking out. He believed in us even when we don’t believe in ourselves and he gave us our marching orders to the beloved community: Never give up, never give in, and get into good trouble, necessary trouble.
Rest in eternal peace, oh good and faithful servant.