Getting ready to leave

Trip Start Dec 10, 2007
Trip End Jan 10, 2008

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Wow, I can't believe my time here is almost coming to an end!
Getting on that airplane five weeks ago feels like forever ago!

It was kind of amazing how easy it was to meet people and make friends. Everytime Aunt Jen introduced me to someone and told them about my buddy Alex's class project, people would smile and laugh and love to hold me or take a picture of me or come up with ideas of funny things for me to do. I guess sometimes a cute little two-dimensional guy can get access to people and places that aren't so accessible to everyone. So I feel pretty lucky about that.

I also feel pretty lucky to have met everyone I did. There's so many more people I met that we didn't take pictures of and so many other places I travelled to and so much I learned and saw. But here, at least, are a few other wonderful families that Aunt Jen introduced me to, her former coworker Issa and his family in Yatta, in the South West Bank, and the Maloul family in Silt il Dahar, a village in the North West Bank and good friends in Haifa and Ramallah.

There's a lot that's really messed up about the places Aunt Jen took me and the stuff I saw.

And there's even more worth protecting.

Aunt Jen is a little nervous about the airport--she said something about that list again, and how Gaza is now stamped in her passport so that could mean trouble. Well, if they search her bags and they find me, I'll just do what I always do. Smile. And, Aunt Jen advised me, it would be a good idea to say "Shalom" and if the security guards ask me where I learned Hebrew, I can say it's from preparing for my Bar Mitzvah. That's what Aunt Jen always does.

Time for Aunt Jen and me to get ourselves some shut eye and get ready to go the airport tomorrow!

I told Aunt Jen that I couldn't wait to tell Alex all about my trip and show him all our cool pictures. Aunt Jen says that there's lots I probably shouldn't mention to Alex, at least unless I don't want her to see Alex (or me) again until he's 18 years old, and something about using discretion. I nodded wisely, but actually, I have no idea what "discretion" means. What does she expect from me? I'm just a laminated paper doll!

Signing off now,
Salaam, Shalom, Peace,
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flatstanley on

Re: Class version
Aunt Jen wanted to make sure you knew that I do all my own writing and she only helped me spell the big words.
Sincerely yours,

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