Last Supper...

Trip Start Feb 06, 2007
Trip End Apr 26, 2009

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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Yesterday, after dealing with my two classes of students where the gifted students were out (lack of participation ? duh!), I traveled to Florence to have dinner (aka "the last supper") with my former pastor and his family. He and his family recently moved to Florence to be more flexible with the demands of his job. They treated me out to one of my favorite restaurants - The Olive Garden. When I arrived, he was outside calling me as I was walking up behind him. He escorted me into the dining area where his wife, Beth, and two daughters, Alivia and Abbey, were already seated and enjoying some appetizers. They were in a state of shock, which took me a minute to realize why...they hadn't seen me since April when I had lost much of my weight. We caught up on family news and that sort of thing. To my surprise, at the end of the meal, it was made public that it was my birthday! So, we got dessert too----I assume at no extra added cost. Little did the overflowing restaurant know that the pastor was fibbing....LOL!

They shared their concerns with me about my upcoming trip, primarily with keeping in touch back home and how my financial resources were playing out to be. They have decided to make monthly contributions to my Peace Corps fund, which I know will help me out a great deal! Abbey was quizzing me the entire time on how I lost my weight. This 5th grader surprises me in more ways than one each time I see her...she is such a bright young lady...I hope that she keeps up the good work she is doing in school and her goal to lose a little bit of weight. I told her that when I come back in August for my brother's wedding, that I will be making a stop in Flo to see if she has kept her promise. Many of you don't know, but I think of my former pastor, Darryl, as my second father. He has always been there for me. I have known him since 1993, and he is a part of the small group of adults in my life who believed in me as an adolescent to do good things in life...and it is partly because of him that I am where I am at today. The Last Supper - he he - was wonderful. I really enjoyed it! It just makes this soon-to-come life-changing experience all the more believable and realistic. Tomorrow and Sunday, I will be faced with the enormous challenge of moving my belongings - all of which are in storage totes (or will be) - to their new home for the next 2 years...which I don't know where that will be just yet.

Until next time....

Your ambassador to the world....Trevor
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