*LVR Staff descriptions continued*
Yes- Asian Chopsticks (are there any other kind?), or AC, or Chopsie (my preferred abbreviation). The many variations all represent Shawna Roggow’s love for Asian culture. Maybe her nickname should have been Asian Culture? At any rate, the staff picked this one out, and I think it’s one of the funniest nicknames of the summer.
Chopsie is eccentric in all the right ways. She’s sweet and outgoing right off the bat; soft-spoken but never without something to say. Her personality is easy to read, though sometimes her thoughts are far away. Chopsie is very artistic, but you won’t hear her bragging about it. Her laptop background is a collage of sketches, and she designed our 2009 staff board that will hang in the dining hall for posterity. Throughout the summer, she carried around a journal that is meant to be destroyed in symbolic but very tangible ways as the pages are filled with writing. She once borrowed a lighter to burn part of a page, as per the instructions.
But Chopsie doesn’t just sit around being artsy. She loves being active, too. One of my favorite memories of her is from 4th of July weekend. We had the weekend off, so a bunch of us went to Eleven-Mile Canyon. Some of the girls wanted to lay out on a rock by the river and tan, but Chopsie and I had grander schemes. The cliffs that draw a number of technical climbers were beckoning us. We didn’t have any gear, so we found a route of moderately difficult bouldering that took us all the way to the top. On the way up, we stopped to admire an ancient tree jutting out from the cliff, its twisted roots intertwined with the rock. Chopsie stood admiring the tree and taking pictures. “That’s so cool!” She’s blessed with the joyful outlook of constantly appreciating the stuff of life.
Chopsie would always share a funny story, laugh at my stories, and sympathize with my troubles. When something bothers her, she gets quiet instead of going around complaining. Like Avi, she’s amiable, and puts more value in keeping people happy than in serving her own needs and desires.
The thing that strikes me the most about Chopsie is her selfless attitude. When there’s a need, she quietly steps up to fill it. If staff members ate together at camp during time off, we could always find Chopsie in the dishroom afterwards cleaning up everyone else’s mess. There would be a lot less need in the world if more people would serve the way Chopsie does.