WORD FOR THE DAY We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. BLESSED MOTHER TERESAAs
I read today’s little meditation I thought of Chris Low’s appreciation of the starfish story as well. However as I think of all the good that each of you and your respective communities accomplish on a daily basis it feels like much more than a starfish or a drop of water.
Since the postal service does not currently seem to afford the possibility of a well written note on lovely stationery, please accept this internet mediated note of deepest gratitude for yet another journey of transformation and growth.
Joelle – you were so very attentive to us and helpful in facilitating all the details involved both before we left, during our time on La Gonave, and even after as we adventured into Kwadebouke. Your kind attention and personal care for us was even more impressive as you did so often while you were feeling absolutely miserable. We couldn’t have asked for a better travel director than you and pray you continue to feel recovery and returning strength. We would be so very grateful if you could pass along our gratitude and appreciation to our host family and all who were such an essential part of our visit.
Please don’t be a stranger when you return to the states and come check out the non-profit world in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Chris – your leadership in the community continues to challenge and inspire. You wear so many hats and bear so many burdens of responsibility yet somehow keep laughter on your lips and a smile on your face, even when we know this is an especially difficult time with ongoing challenges and relentless worries. It is always an added bonus and blessing to see you and Juliette interact with one another. She is becoming a wise woman with your maternal mentoring and example. Hope Boy is running about and getting into enough trouble to hear the word Sorti! on a regular basis.
I think you know that you are and will always be my favorite translator of language, culture, spirit, and soul for Ayiti. To begin and end our adventures in the warmth of your hospitable heart was such a blessing for all of us. We could not have asked for better bookends to our travel. Na Sonje helps open our eyes, ears, and hearts to all that we encounter as we travel. Hopefully we were more attentive, intentional, and sensitive as we travelled about thanks to the lessons you all taught us both in our departure and our return. The love of the community there is manifest in the tangible ways of good food and drink, beautiful music, lovely craft and artwork, safe travels, etc. But there intangible gifts of solidarity and connection as well which we will treasure always. If you could also share our appreciation with the many who welcomed us we would appreciate that.
There is so much more that could be said but for now I wanted to at least convey our thanks, an assurance that we returned home safely and soundly, and that the memories of the past 11 days will continue to warm our hearts and bring joy to our spirits long into the future.