It’s been one year since…

It’s been one year since I cried giving my going away speech to my village

one year since I sobbed on a taxi brousse leaving my village

one year since my host brother saw his first airplane .. and cried once he realized I was getting on it

 

It’s been one year since I stood with my friends and celebrated our triumphs

One year since we started to go our separate ways

To travel

To work

To school

To continue to serve

 

It’s been one year since I started using a western toilet again

One year since I wasn’t constantly aware of how much my water use weighed

One year of my clothes being completely clean

 

It’s been one year of driving again

One year of being overwhelmed by stores

One year of being horrified by the amount of water produced

 

It’s been one year of eating cheese whenever I want

One year of tacos

One year of endless oreos

 

It’s been one year of being cold

One year of the winter that would never end

One year of having to wear socks

 

It’s been one year of forgetting I can just turn on the lights when it’s dark

One year of reverse culture shock

One year of never shutting up about Mada

 

It’s been one year of wondering if I fit in

One year of wondering if I ever fit in

One year of wondering where I fit in

 

It’s been one year and it’s felt like a second

a minute

a lifetime


4 thoughts on “It’s been one year since…

  1. You will never be the same because of your experiences in the PC. You see the world in a totaly different way then grandpa an I do because of your experiences. Never for get how much grandpa and I love you. You made a iimpact on the world the day you were born and you have continued to do so to this day. Your first cry, first step, first door way climb, an etc. You have always and will contine to make a impact on the world. Hugs and kisses, mormor.

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  2. That was so heart felt and because of that experience you will always see the world and your life with the insight that most of us will never understand. I envy you. You will never see or feel the same ole same ole, you will never be ok with the “whatever” of day to day life and you will not just fit in. You were never meant to fit in, the choices you have made have made you into a person who is to make a difference. Your sense of not fitting in is life calling you to continue on the path of the few. Walk that path with your new awareness, never settle for fitting in with anyone or anything. You need only fit in within yourself. You are not just Mik in Mad you are Mik the Marvel. Love you, Aunt Helen

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