Sunday, January 11, 2009

First Days of Fretting

A person needs at intervals to separate from family and companions and go to new places. One must go without familiars in order to be open to influences, to change. ~ Katharine Butler Hathaway

So, here I am in Malindi, Kenya. I’ve spent one night in what will be my home for the next 2 years and I’ve visited my school. My school is very large (about 2,000 students) but the Deaf unit only has about 22 children. Tomorrow I go to school to observe and decide which classes I would like to teach. 

My counterpart is very kind, lives close-by and has fed me 3 meals today and taken me with her to drop off her daughter at boarding school. I met with a current Deaf Ed volunteer who lives not far from here. We ran into each other saturday at a KSL class for teachers that she helped with and she came to visit me today and show me around town – the beach, the good shops, good food, etc. Still, I had my little freak out yesterday and this morning worrying about teaching and what I’m doing for the next 2 years and fretting over the roaches. (They’re much bigger here than in Florida!) But walking around town today I got excited about buying things to make this house feel like a home (and some bug spray.)

I’ll see what tomorrow brings (and what visits me tonight.)

Erin

1 comment:

Miriam said...

Dear Erin,
This is Miriam, Ruben, Alyssa, Jenna and Matthew from Jacksonville. Ruben and your dad work together. We have been to your house. I hope you remember us. Wow, I am so amazed. You are so much braver than I have ever been. I hate roaches too but I am sure killing them will get easier with time. Determination does that to you. I know you will do an amazing job. Don't fret. Remember, God is using you and He will lead you in all things. Well take care. I plan to keep up with your blog.