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. Kathy Loepker says:

    Dear Claire, as soon as I got back to work on August 1, Rita told me about your blog and I’ve been catching up. What a wonderful, brave choice you’ve made to stay in Africa! And, how lucky Save the Children is to have you. Keep writing. Love, Kathy

  2. Rita Grundhauser (Aunt) says:

    Dear Claire,<br><br>It was so good to hear from you. For some reason I had the understanding that your computer had broken down or something like that. I’m glad to know that you are still connected to our world over here. I certainly understand why you are not able to keep on with the long (and extremely well-written) blogs. After writing all day, the last thing I would want to do is sit down and start writing again. I love yiou, Claire, and I hope that your experience this next year is as positive as your first two months were. I miss you very much, but I understand where you are coming from – even though i can’t accept it from my very own children. I am sooooo having a problem with the "empty nest" syndrome. Not having either one of my children in the same state that I am living is taking its toll on me. I guess I just need to grow up and accept that my children have grown up and have choices of their own to make. Again, I love you, Claire! Aunt Rita

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