What a great day! I realize I’m on ‘vacation’ and the consensus is that every day will be a great day, but I really think my every day at home is a great day as well: a mindset if you will. There are a lot of things I could complain about from today: poured rain on our excursion to the point we couldn’t see much, sitting in the car soaked and freezing, not quite cooked rice dish, I could go on, but I choose every day to find the bright side. The good things, as little as they may be, today it was laughter and comraderi. The realization and marveling at the fact that we are 8 adults from the most diverse of backgrounds, ages, countries and experiences sharing a 3 bedroom, 1 bath (yes! 1 bath) space. Cooking, cleaning, sleeping, working, living 24 hrs a day side by side and not a single argument, quarrel or slight disagreement. No irritations, judgments or exclusions. All here on equal footing for a common goal, respecting and appreciating each other’s cultures values and dreams. Sharing openly and courageously our lives, family, insecurities and truths. There is much laughter and affection everyday, and today the somber thought that we have only 4 days left together. It leaves a bittersweet taste in the air, the moment you hope with all your heart that you will meet again in this crazy adventure called life, but in the back a knowing that many you will not. It’s a difficult thing to be vulnerable like this for me, to invest so much love to people and know I will feel a loss. It would be easiest to come to a place like this, do my volunteer work and retire to my room at the end of the day, but that really is not what life is about, is it? So I will continue each of the next 4 days loving these strangers and keeping them as family but knowing that when Friday comes some of us will say good bye forever. Ah yes, there will be Facebook and email and we will be frequently connected at first but as those things are, without the face to face true human connection it will wither and end. We had an amazing day today, and I’m grateful for each of them, who I have connected with in different ways.
This is Coline from France whom I have had the honor of rooming with! She is a bit shy at first but warms quickly, intelligent and witty, she is a delight to be around. Talented artist, she is in university and we all vote the hardest worker at our camp. She did more wheel barrow runs then any of and never complains about the rain or flys. Her smile, is genuine and she is always ready to jump in and help out or she claims to be bored. This week she is teamed with me for meals so I am excited to get to know some French cooking secrets from her! Mmm crepes!