Monday, June 26, 2006

cold showers, sad good-byes, & america

it's hot here. really hot-today it is 90 degrees i think. & unfortunately for slovaks (& me), the very spectacular invention of the air-conditioner has yet to reach slovakia. i know, i know- i rant & rave about the land of eternal snow & now that it's hot i'm griping about the heat . i'm only human & really, we are never satisfied are we? always wanting more & wanting what we do have to be better than it is. i admire people who are intrinsically content with their portion.

the one good thing about the blazing sun pouring itself into every room in my flat (how IS that possible?!) is that i get to take cold showers. does anything feel better than a cold shower when you are SO hot? maybe hot baths when you are SO cold. but, really the thought of a hot bath makes me feel kind of queasy.

today is our good-bye day. it has really been a good-bye month, but today it is good-bye for real & for some good-bye forever. we leave tomorrow morning to go to vienna for who knows why, but anyway we do. tonight we are having a good-bye party (way to ruin a "party" in about 2 seconds) at the huge ice-cream shop (Aida) that is just as much a part of koŇ°ice as the monstrous cathedral in the middle of town. all the slovaks will come & hang out with the americans one last time. all the girls will cry & people will probably be hugging & holding hands a lot. this will happen for 2 hours! i have only had to say good-bye once to someone that i wasn't sure if i would see them again & i bawled like a baby. but i think this will be different. there will be so many people & i feel so numb about leaving. i keep wondering when i am going to get really sad. i think it will hit me in america sometime.

speaking of america, i am a little nervous to be coming back. i am nervous because i have changed so much, but not with the people there. i have grown & learned lessons & conquered fears. but i can't wait to see people that i love. i can't wait to see dena & fancy nancy & shell & daniel & my folks & my beautiful sister & my church again. i can't wait to see mararuth & sara bell & my animals! i can't wait to drive again & sit in my back yard. it will be good. i think i will sad but happy too. it's just life & it always moves forward & it always changes so you might as well just shake its hand & smile.

1 comment:

Loc said...

Meg,

I know how you feel. My advice is to journal it down. Start to process what you have learned and be encouraged by what God has done through your life there. Kosice wouldn't be what it is today without you being there and the team. I can see that the Lord is looking down on you and say "Well done, my faithful servant." Well Meg, you have done a great job and persevered through all of it. I'm proud of you.

When you get back home, I would like to invite you to Family Dinner at my place. I have been doing this dinner for a month now on every Tuesday. It's a ministry of my own in a sense and a good way to connect with other believers and non-believers that come to the dinner. It also creates fellowship and community with people that live in the same apartment complex as I do, so yeah, I would love to have you at Family Dinner if you would like to come. It's every Tuesday at 7pm at Greenbrier Ridge apartments and it will probably go on for the rest of the summer. Cool. I will talk to you later when you get back in town.