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!