Friday, June 10, 2011
Eagles Rising, locked in the laundry room, and other lessons learned
It was one of those "Kodak moments." I knew eventually that the housekeeper would come, or that when I did not show up to get the students someone would walk over to find out why. I just wrapped up in my towels, sat down on the chair in the laundry room, and tried to take in the words of the Sunday sermon: rest, relax, and go slow. I did not really have a choice, but it also seemed like a good time to reflect on things.
I did realize that it would be important for future trips to interview students about how they handle disappointment, group living, lack of convenience, not always being able to have one's own way, nor the convenience of being at home when it comes to things like Internet, telephone, laundry, and transportation. Those were all significant issues, and things I seldom think about after having traveled to South Africa so many times and am just used to as "it is what it is."
I also knew that no matter what, you cannot make everyone happy. There are some people who can be happy in almost any situation, and some people who can not. I feel fortunate and blessed that in general, my nature is one of just take what comes, try to see the humor in it, and don't let things over which I have no control rob my joy of experiences. Kind of like getting locked in the laundry room. :) Okay, I am here, what can I now do while I am here? It was pretty funny when Juanita came in, and heard me calling. She first went up stairs, thinking perhaps I had fallen. She could not help herself at laughing when she found me in the laundry room, and had to call Court and Lira to tell them. I did ask Court that night to do me a favor the next morning, and not lock me out of the house. :)
Next up, an incredible visit to Eersterivier, Aunty Goliath, the hospital, and Mfueleni.