Wednesday, May 06, 2009

back in the saddle

I am packing and repacking, this time trying to fit in the amazing and beautiful pile of school supplies that was so generously donated to M's school from many of you.  I hear there are more supplies waiting for us when we get back as well, between all of your general loveliness the school will have everything it needs for an entire school year.  Just like that, you did this.  Thank you. I mean really. Thank you.

Aside from the supplies there have been some jungle requests.  A woman who has never left the village nor the home she was born, she has asked me for some new pots and pans, ones from the states she says, I know they have nice things there.  This is from a woman who will surprise us with rice and beans and bits of meat, a woman who I love. Of course I cannot say no so 8 pots and pans are mixed in with our clothes, the bags are burdened and straining with goodness like new baby clothes for the neighbor who is giving birth next month and the medicine and other sundries not so easily acquired in the jungle.  I even got to buy a nearly teen her first bra, her mama ordered it specifically and I felt both humbled and grown all at once standing in the store trying to decide if a 12 year old would appreciate it printed with hearts or if plain is better and to be honest I still have no idea.

In other ways too like we are re-entering something we had no business leaving so soon.  I anticipate it feeling harder this time around, the obstacles that seemed new before won't be wrapped in mystery but sitting there glaring in the light.  It'll force me, I think to get clear, to get much clearer on why I am doing this in the first place and what I hope to learn.

In other news, I'm also posting at Blogher today with part 5 in a series of 6:  Jungle, interrupted

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17 comments:

jaded said...

I knew you were generous, but had I known you would go bra shopping on my behalf, I would have put in a request long ago. I can't stand shopping for the damn things. Have a safe trip home!

TZT said...

I am so glad that it's all turned out okay. Happy trails back to the jungle.

Gwen said...

traveling mercies, jen.

(and i kinda hope you went with the hearts, just because i'd like to keep our girls girls as long as possible and there's something so sweet and innocent and hopeful about hearts.)

de said...

What Gwen said.

Your optimism is like the biggest, brightest firecracker of the the night, flying straight up and then spreading out over everything.

Lots of love to you all.

kristen said...

safe travels, friend. xo

Magpie said...

I think it's going to be easier this time.

And I hope you have no more medical dramas causing you to flee.

Anjali said...

Safe travels this time around. For sure, this will be the trip that sticks!

Janet said...

Be well all of you!

And I'm fully expecting to read all of this, and more, in a book one day. Just so you know.

painted maypole said...

traveling mercies...

mamatulip said...

Speaking of jungle requests - I owe you an apology. You sent me the address so I could send some materials for the school there and I got sick and then the kids got sick and then I got sick again and I'm still sick and I never sent the stuff. I'm sorry. To be honest I haven't even bought anything yet. I suck.

Can I send it once you get there again?

Z said...

Great, thanks, 34D for me, no padding - I don't exactly need it. I'm all right for saucepans, but some socks would be good.

Cheers, darling xx

bgirl said...

i heart you.
safe travels home sweet J.

deezee said...

I am intrigued to hear how the return feels....

QT said...

Safe travels, girl. I hope you fit it all in and I can't wait to hear about the homecoming.

alejna said...

You are the best.

That sounds like some serious packing, though. I hope you don't have trouble with weight requirements. (Aren't pans heavy?)

I also wish you a safe journey. I can't wait to read about your homecoming.

Madge said...

i've been in the homes and kitchens in small jungle villages in central and south america. i wish i could be there to see that woman get her pots and pans. she will treasure them forever.

can' wait to read about your homecoming...

wheelsonthebus said...

fly safely