In memory of...
Trip Start Dec 01, 2007
37Trip End Mar 27, 2010
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The first thing I remember about Mel is that she played euchre and loves it as much as me. That was our founding bond. A lot of Mid-Westerners have a strange obsession with the game of euchre and that was true for the both of us. During stage I learned to love her for other reasons. She was always up for anything and absolutely hilarious
I was able to observe Mel in her village a couple times and she is Peace Corps. She went around greeting her village and singing songs in Malinke. She played cards with the men, cooked and ate rice with the women and played hand games with the kids
Katie and I were pretty much thrown together. The first couple weeks in country were hard. When my closest friend and Katie's neighbor decided to leave it hit us both really hard. We naturally became closer comforting each other after that loss only to find that we actually were kindred spirits. We both did not enjoy rice and sauce. Packages were life-savers and we generously shared with each other. Katie loves her music and she so on bus rides we'd sit next to each other and she'd lend me an earphone and we'd rock out to house music. We both loved bureau nights where we'd go to the Peace Corps office in Forecariah at 8:00PM to just talk and be with other Americans. We got sick at the same time and were taken to Conakry together for a nice vacation from training. But what I really love about Katie is that she's never afraid to say what's on her mind. She's frank. She asks uncomfortable questions that I might not want to answer but I feel better when I do because now we're closer. She made communication easy. She wasn't afraid to give hard advice, but good advice nonetheless. And she really cares which makes it that much easier to swallow. She gives compliments liberally but genuinely. Sometimes people who give compliments can't take them
Their dreams have been shattered but as they adjust back to life in America, new, bigger dreams will form. Katie and Melissa are strong, independent, fabulous women who will make something wonderful of themselves. It was a sad day for Peace Corps when they decided to send those two home. And Peace Corps Guinea will never be the same. Though I blame almost no one on PC Guinea staff, trust has been broken and it will take a lot of effort and time to reforge the open communication and faith volunteers once had with their capital.