Friday, July 1, 2011

Adiós Nicaragua...for now...

I'm alive!  Slightly sunburned, and pretty dang tired and emotionally drained, but I am safe and sound back at the hotel in Managua.  I can't wait to share what I have experienced over the past week.  I have cried tears out of empathy and joy, laughed until my cheeks hurt and my voice became hoarse, sweat more than I have in the last year, and collapsed onto my bed every night out of exhaustion...all with others who were strangers just over a week ago.  I found time to journal each day with the hope to remember everything and also to share this experience with you. 

I am happy to be coming home (and especially can't wait to give my Maverick a giant kiss!), yet sad to leave Nicaragua.  In the 2nd poorest country in the Western hemisphere (after Haiti), my eyes have seen images I will never forget; and I don't want to!  I have shared emotions with villagers in such a way that translators are not even necessary...pain, sadness, sickness, joy, gratitude.  A smile, a hug, and tears are a universal language.  I would love to return in February when there will be dentists with the team so I can do more.  The need is extremely great and it broke my heart to only offer oral hygiene instructions, supplies, and fluoride treatment. 

My plane leaves Managua at 7:15 a.m. tomorrow and I should be in Seattle by 5:00 p.m.  See you soon my friends!

1 comment:

  1. Ahhh!
    I have goosebumps.
    Can't wait to hear more.... and maybe even cry with you. :)
    We should plan a trip together!
    Love you, sistaw!

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