I missed the anniversaries surrounding one of the greatest upheavals of my life.
Eleven years ago everything got turned upside down. Not one of us saw it coming.
A decade ago I stopped living in Africa. I left the community that blessed me. I left the community that sometimes made me a little nuts. A decade ago my life changed direction without prior notification.
Actually the tailspin started 9 years ago yesterday as a plummet, and then 9 years ago today it became a full nose-dive tail-spin kind of thing.
Homesickness for what no longer exists continually crept into my heart over the last few days.
Six years ago was a while ago. Somedays it feels like yesterday. Somedays it feels like another lifetime ago.
Six years ago last week right after I agreed to that, Travis realized he’d lost his passport. Six years ago last week I was in charge of getting Travis a new passport.
Six years ago yesterday I forgot the promise I’d made to Travis and his Mom. Six years ago today I left Africa with a mixture of relief and profound sadness.
Six years ago today I felt safer than I had in a week.
Six years ago today, “Hello Ma’am.” were some of the best words I’d heard in a long time. Six years ago today we drove 10 hours to get what to what was usually no more than 90 minutes away.