adding sass to life

what to say

September 25, 2008

I’ve been back from Peru for 38 hours now and I have sat down to write several times but I feel like I am just not quite ready to put everything down in words that I experienced.  Even more than that, I really don’t even know what to say.   

How do you put into words the way it makes you feel when people you have never met wait for 7 hours just to greet you at the airport?

How do you describe in even paragraphs the love and responsibility of a grandmother who takes in her 6 grown children and 15 grandchildren into her one bedroom home? 

How do you respond when a family whose annual salary is $130 yet, they buy 2 liters of Coke and give it to you happily when you enter their home?

What are you supposed to feel when teenage girls where the same clothes every day for a week and then shower you with jewelry they hand made for you?

What do you say when you watch your husband practicing his Spanish for hours with the locals just so he can communicate with them for the week he is there?

How do you respond when a woman is so touched by you and what you have to share that she just holds your hand and cries?

How can you communicate the feeling you get when you see a village of people saying goodbye to you at the airport with their tear stained faces pressed against the glass windows as your plane takes off?

I still don’t know.


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  1. I think you just did.

    I’m so glad you guys are home, we missed you!

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 5 months ago
  2. * Courtney says:

    i know exactly how you feel. the rush of emotions, the reverse culture shock, even the little things like being thankful that the person next to you speaks English and if need be you could ask them for directions. we are so blessed to live in America, we have so much, yet we are such a selfish country and want everything for ourselves. the bigger the better the faster the shinier. anything. we want it, and we want it now. and they have…nothing…but yet they want to give everything…even if it means spending that little bit of money that they have to show that they are thankful for you…but here we are..americans…we hardly even find the time to write on a peice of paper and put it in the mail that simply says “thank you” oh no…that is a strech it requires work. i am still in aw of the people in Africa that i encountered. and one day at random…maybe a few months…on of the faces will just pop into your head. i always take it as an opportunity to pray for that person. i love you. and i hope you had an amazing time.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 5 months ago

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