Almost there…

I leave for Africa in exactly 10 days, almost to the minute.  It’s hard to believe that at the end of a 28-hour trip, I will actually be on African soil!  It’s something I’ve dreamed about for years now and the moment is racing towards me. Surreal doesn’t quite capture that thought for me.

I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of those who know me, and also by many who don’t, and I can’t thank you all enough for what you have given (both financially and otherwise) to help make this trip possible for me.  I consider it my duty to go and do and learn as much as I can while I am there and to make it worth what you all have sacrificed to get me there, and what Save the Children will be doing to create a worthwhile internship for me.   It means a lot to me that so many of you care about what I’m doing, and that you care about what Save the Children is doing in Swaziland.

As I slowly pack up everything I own, and get rid of even more, I’ve been finding little relics from the past buried in boxes of books and old notes from high school (yes, I had all of my A.P. English AND Calculus notes still in a box in the basement…).  So even as I’m so close to something that’s been part of my future for so long, these days I am often taken back 8, 10, 12 years to other times and places as I pack my belongings and get ready to leave.  I will miss St. Louis and all of the wonderful people I know here, and I am looking forward to seeing many of you at Felix’s on Thursday night.  And for those of you who can’t make it to Felix’s, I am sure we will meet again, whether it be in St. Louis, New Orleans, or Africa.  I will definitely keep my blog updated as much as I can while I am in Swaziland.  I believe that I will have at least some regular internet access through Save the Children, and since I will likely be living in the capital, I should be able to find an internet cafe to frequent and keep in touch, and I hope you’ll keep in touch, too.

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has sent donations, thoughts, prayers, and love!

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0 Responses to Almost there…

  1. Margherita Grundhauser says:

    Another delicious story of Swaziland–Thank you, Claire! I was so pleased tonight to find this most recent entry. I loved the thought of driving up into mountains and you walking across the dam. and also all the children who followed you and talked to you by way of Ncamsile. (Would you sometime write out the pronunciation of her name? I can’t imagine how it sounds, and it helped so much when you did that for your own new name. I really appreciated knowing how to say it.) The house with the 4 orphans and “Papa” was a total surprise, possibly to you, too. What a helpful and generous thing for that company to do. I look forward to the next blog–I realize you have to have time with the computer to enter the writing from your journal, and it must be hard to find the time some days. Your journal will be an african gem which you will bring back, and possibly might publish–I think a lot of people would enjoy reading it. I know I would, even though I’ve eagerly read everything on you blog. Thanks so much for sharing your life in Swaziland with all of us! Love, Nana

  2. Claire says:

    Thank you for the comment you left, Nana! It’s so wonderful to hear that you’re enjoying the blog. Ncamsile is kind of hard to pronounce, since the “c” indicates a clicking sound made in the front of the mouth at the same time that you make a nasal “n” sound, but you could just say nahm-SEE-leh and be fine :) Thank you for reading and for sharing your thoughts with me so often! It is lovely to hear from you and know that we’re connected through the blog, halfway across the world from each other. Love and miss you!!

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