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Trip End Mar 01, 2013

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

I had been thinking all this week about writing a post describing how I am feeling now that I'm home.  A few humorous things have happened...looking at the remote and not remembering what to push to get to recorded shows, saying gracias to the cashier, and even just driving a car after a month.  But the words to express the deeper feelings just didn't come.  Then my niece wrote a post yesterday about her experience and she described exactly what I've been feeling all week.  With her permission, from Shannon Brasel, her words and her photos...

" Well, it’s been a week since I’ve been back and though I’ve left Guatemala, Guatemala has not left me. For now, the peace that comes with a slower pace of life and the joy of serving children has stayed with me in my life here at home. I hope and pray I can keep them for a little while. I miss the constant sunshine and the brilliant colors.  I miss the smell of coffee and the taste of Guatemalan chocolate. I miss waking up to a view of volcanoes framed by flowering  jacarandas. I miss the adventure of walking into any building and wondering what hidden garden or ruin I might discover. I miss capturing the beautiful country and people with my camera (see attached album).  I miss using my broken Spanish and of course, I miss the new friends I made.

But mostly, I miss the kids. Kimberly, Zoila, Manuel, Humberto….Their names are always at the forefront of my mind and often in my prayers. I wonder how they are doing, if they are eating and gaining the weight they need to survive. I remember holding them in my arms and trying to communicate without words that they are loved and have value.  And I wonder if another volunteer is holding them now that I’m gone. I sincerely hope so. As much as I gave them, I think they gave me more. My heart has been opened in a new way to the plight of children in
poverty. And how something as simple as touch can change a child’s health and therefore her life."

Shannon said it so beautifully... what more can I say?

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Margarita S on

Perfect synopsis of the physical, mental, and emotional impact of Guatemala on its visitors. Tendrils of the country and its people weave their way into your heart and linger, forever changing your internal landscape.

Rick Beardsley on

Shannon did say it well. It is always amazing how you can give of yourself and come away so much richer for it. Welcome home friend.

Libby on

What a beautiful attempt to express the inexpressible.

Mary Beth on

Hi Robin,
Welcome home. Your niece put it perfectly. I know exactly what she means about leaving a country, a people, a culture but it NEVER leaves you. Very well said. I still, to this very day, have that feeling about Nepal. I hope someday to return to the land of a million temples.

Enjoy your summer and hugs to you and Bill

Kathy Keller on

Robin, I enjoyed so much hearing about your experience. You must also be so proud of your neices for participating in such a meaningful experience. You all were such a blessing to them as they were to you....no doubt. God bless you all. Kathy

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