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A Month From Now

September 20, 2010

A month from today we will have gone to Africa and come back.  We will be acclimating to our normal lives.  We will feel different and we will look at things differently.  We will be dead tired at 5pm and drink coffee to try to stay awake until 9pm.  Our bodies will awaken us at 3am and tell us to get moving, but we’ll try not to listen.  We will squeeze our family members tighter and we’ll  slow down to enjoy them.  We will long for Africa, and we’ll want to go back.  We will miss the children, the pace, the amazing friends we met. 

People will ask us how our trip was and we will struggle to come up with an answer. 

We will become frustrated by our own extravagance.  We will question wealth.  We will question “The American Dream”. We will no longer be impressed by expensive things, in fact, we might view them as evidence of greed.  We will try not to “judge” others, but we won’t be able to stop calculating how many hungry children a Rolex would feed.   We may begin to feel ashamed of our nice things and our excess.  

We will ponder the concept of “equality” and we will wonder about the depth of our own selfishness because we’ve come face to face with the reality that we’re more concerned about our own standard of living, than others living.  We will make small changes in our lives but time in America may dull our senses and gradually we may begin to feel entitled to our pursuit of the American Dream again.

We won’t forget.  We can’t.  Some days we’ll want to.  Some days we’ll wish we never knew that others were suffering so that we could just enjoy our lives in blissful ignorance.  We will be sensitive to people who are trying to help orphans and those who live in extreme poverty. 

We will give more.  We will love more.  We will stay involved.  We have to.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 20, 2010 11:08 am

    Megin was here.
    (which was the comment that started all of this for me. I’m humbled to be a part of this.)

  2. September 20, 2010 10:15 pm

    thank you for explaining my heart. a month ago i was sitting in Ethiopia for the 2nd time this year. your words are so true and your right so the emotions are so welcoming and haunting at the same time. i wish i was planning my return trip already. please take in a deep breathe for me while your there!!!

  3. September 20, 2010 10:21 pm

    Oh, man… so well written… the tears are flowing reading this. I have been home for 12 days, and this is exactly how I feel… So excited for you gals, the adventure you will have, the love you will give, and the lives you will touch…

  4. M. Lennon permalink
    September 21, 2010 9:15 pm

    Amazingly accurate, brought me right back. Every word of it. Thank you.

  5. Joyce Perron permalink
    September 21, 2010 10:17 pm

    “A Month From Now” is why we keep going back, this was a beautiful, true, erudite post. Keep them coming. Galatoomaa! Amasagnalahu! Thnak-you!

    • Joyce Perron permalink
      September 21, 2010 10:18 pm

      Actually, I am not sure of the Oromo or Amharic translation of “Thnak-you”.

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