In about 12 hours I will be heading into the Des Moines airport to begin my Peace Corps journey. I fly to DC for 2 days of staging, and then leave on the 7th for South Africa. Wow! It still seems surreal, but I thinks it’s actually going to happen! 🙂
Of course I am nervous and excite, second guessing all my packing decisions. Seems about normal. It’s odd to be in my bedroom because all of my possessions are pretty much either in totes in my closet, or in a bag to take with me. I realized today how much stuff I have given away in the past several months-almost all of my possessions are stowed away in an old toybox, 5 totes, and a few boxes. I feel great to have gotten rid of so much stuff that I don’t really need-hopefully I’ll still feel this way when I come back in two years. At any rate-it’ll be fun to unpack it all!
I was able to watch our town’s fireworks display tonight-so beautiful and reminded me of how great life is in a free country. It’s fitting that Independence Day is my last holiday here-a last hurrah as this American heads into the unknown. And it was great to watch the fireworks with my sister-a good tradition.
I’m not sure how much internet access I’ll have during staging and training, so it could be awhile before you hear from me again. I’ve set my Mom up as an author though, so she’ll be able to post when I can’t. So long for now, and I’ll be back!