Thursday, October 18, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Today I sat in on one of Britt's math classes and wished you could have joined me to gaze out the window at the palms bending in the wind and the gentle ocean waves rolling in. The young people are so sweet and well-behaved. They are responsive to a kind math teacher.
This is definitely a Third World country. The housing is so very humble. I look out of Britt's bedroom window (third floor) and see mostly shanties with corrugated tin roofs. I'm so very grateful for the opportunity to be in circumstances where Britt has lived and worked for several years of her life (So. Africa and RMI). I have met several of her colleagues at school, and many/most of them express the same sentiment that I encountered on Britt's blog: They would find it difficult to live in the USA again--conspicuous consumption, materialism, etc. This certainly does place our corner of the world in a much larger perspective.
Oh, one more thing: Yesterday I treated myself to a one-hour Swedish massage! I'm going to do it again before I leave. If I could do that every week, I think I would feel much better!
It is a challenge to get good produce, as you can imagine, but the fish I have had (halibut steak yesterday) is fabulous.
I'm in Britt's office using her computer, but she will be returning from a meeting any minute, and I need to get back to her apartment because someone will be coming to replace her plexiglass bedroom window (after a whole year!), and I need to let them in.
Then, that evening, thirty-two Relief Society sisters crowded into Britt's apt. to honor me on my birthday! They brought food and gifts and sang to me. I shall never forget! I'll have much to tell when I get home. It hasn't been too hot, but it is quite humid. Has rained and shone. The ocean is literally right outside Britt's bedroom window. It is definitely a Third World country. I'm so humbled--and so in awe of your sister who has come here to serve in so many ways. We just talked and talked and talked last night.
Much love to all!