Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Miss K - Aunty Karrie
Well, these are my last words from Banani. My next post wil most likely be from Botswana or South Africa. Yikes.
Yesterday I had my last music class with the grade 1-2s and at the end I told them I wouldn't be there next term and that I'd miss them. No response. So I had to ask them if they'd miss me, and they said they would. I can see that I'll miss them more than they'll miss me, the sweeties.
I'll really miss being called Miss K and Aunty Karrie.
We've all been hanging out with a young couple, Aaron and Sam, from the States who are working with the Pollock's development project. The other night we stayed over quite late and had to climb over the locked gate to get back to the dorms. It was very sneaky :)
Last week we spent an afternoon at a nearby lodge called Ibis with the group that has been deepening together with Taher. There should be a picture of us. Rae and I went to town together for the last time. We got a ride in with karen and we got to do some shopping with Aaron and Sam. I bought so much african material! We also finally bought a whole bunch of supplies for the primary school with the money that a Junior Youth group raised in Montreal!
This week is going to be a flurry of packing and cleaning and returning borrowed items. I feel stressed just thinking about it.
We're starting to get really excited for our trip to South Africa. I know we're going to have a wonderful time.
I feel like that because this is my last post during service, I should say something deep and meaningful. This self-imposed expectation is giving me writer's block! I think the most that I can say is that this has been the most challenging, fun, frustrating, eye-opening, heart-breaking and soul-moving 8 months of my life. My advice to anyone thinking about doing a period of service is this: stop thinking and just do it. It's worth it. I'm so glad I was able to come here, do what I did and meet the people I know now.
"Let your actions cry aloud to the world that you are indeed Baha'is, for it is actions that speak to the world and are the cause of the progress of humanity." ~ Abdu'l-Baha
Although my next month is more travelling than service, I'd like to dedicate it to the youth I've been serving with: Rae, Amy, Sophie, Anita, Mahnoosh, Shiva, Corinne and Neda. We are spiritual sisters now and I hope that you are confirmed and blessed in everything you do, and that you continue to bring happiness to everyone. Love you all!