About a month ago, I asked the founder of “Save Misty the Dolphin” if I could join their team. I was not needed at the time, and I respectfully cooperated assuring the team that if I was ever needed, that I would be more than happy to help. Soon after this, I received a message from an admin of SMTD, Sandy McElhaney, about a future post to look out for. For the rest of that night, I wholeheartedly went to the page over.. and over… and over again looking for this post. I soon saw it when it was posted and was thrilled that it was the announcement of a contest for someone to be the first ever guest admin (for a week) for the page.
I and two other great applicants entered the contest, supplying a short application explaining why we think we should be the guest admin. 3-4 days later, with the suspense killing me, news of the winner came out… and I had won!
The team soon set up a private group where I would train for a night and we would discuss private matters of the group. It was not everything I expected it to be, but it was so much more! Knowing some of the current admins really helped ease the tension that might have been there, so this helped a lot.
For the first day or so, I didn’t post much of anything on the page scared to death that I was going to mess up and it be over with. Very soon though I got into the groove of the posting and became comfortable. For the next couple nights, I did my part in watching our friends the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Ric O’Barry, and the SaveJapanDolphins team and posting their updates on the horrid dolphin slaughter. Before I knew it, most of my week was gone.
After returning from school the next day, I checked on the page and the group. I found an offer from the team for me to do a SECOND week (I know, exciting) due to shortage of hands. I gladly accepted, and continued my routine for another week. This sweet sweet time, had to come to an end unfortunately; my time with SMTD ended last night and I am no longer a part of the team.
I am not sad about this though… well, I would have been more than happy to continue but I am not upset that it ended. “It is better to have loved and lost than to have not loved at all”. I am glad I got the opportunity to serve with the wonderful woman who run the page/ group and know it is an experience that I will not forget.
Ever since being part of the Misty team, I have found that I have a new respect for each of the ladies on the admin board. I truly understand now how much work goes into running such a page, and that this one is special— it’s not just another facebook page that people will stroll over and never go to again. This a page like no other I know. This is a page full of dedicated people who will always do what they can in the face of harm and death to the sentient beings that we try to protect.
Thank you Sandy McElhaney, Erin Thomas, Chasity Reed, and Alyson Walsh Fernandez (admins of SMTD) for giving me this opportunity. Thank you for… being you.