Sunday, March 05, 2006

We Leave Tomorrow!!

So this is it. If there ever is a chance to turn back, the time is now. Not that I would or am even considering it, but tomorrow it all begins. We leave for Uganda and will arrive there around 3pm on Monday (Indiana Time). The 'spirit' of Peace Corps is an amazing thing. This handful of people from all walks of life and of different ethnicities and backgrounds, races and religions, ages and places in life are all gathered together and have 'given up' 2 years of their lives for the good of helping others, for amazingly similar reasons. 2 in the group are over 50. 2 in the group are over 60. 6 are married (2 doing PC w/o their spouses). 4 are divorced. We're all so excited to get there, to begin. Tonight was very encouraging. We went to the JFK library and museum in Boston where they had a receptoin for the RPCVs in the New England area. It was fulfilling seeing the work of JFK and to hear his idealism played on various TV screens throughout the museum. We met some of the original volunteers from 1961 and heard them talk about JFK at 2am in Ann Arbor Michigan giving his impromptu speech to Ten Thousand UM students who had turned out to await his arrival long after the press had already left. They told the story with excitement as if it had just happened. And through the evening we met returned PCVs who were excited to tell their expierence and you could thell that they had this envious gleam in their eyes to knowt that we were just beginning our PC experience. A torch was passed of sorts from the originals to us to carry on a tradition that is STILL alive and moving and changing the lives of not only the people we are serving but also the lives of the volunteers and their friends and families as well. So tomorrow we embark. And so it begins.

10 Comments:

At 07 March, 2006, Anonymous Richard Dunn said...

Dear Brian,
I just read your Blog and I love it! I want you to print it and put it in a book for prosperity. I love it!!
Andy called last night and asked about you, he is fine. I've been watching a lot of basketball and expect more in the next month. My friend George Melloan, who works for the Wall St. Journal, traveled to Germany three weeks ago with Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on the airplane. Love, Dad

 
At 07 March, 2006, Anonymous mom said...

Dear Brian,
Every morning, bright and eary, your Dad and I will be at the computer reading your blog. Thanks so much for showing me how!!! It means sooooo much with you in Uganda and us in Indy. My ear is open as of yesterday.The specialist vacumed wax from the ear drum and my hearing is O.K. The buzzing is gone also. I feel like a brand new person. Praise the Lord! Have a great day!!Love, Mom

 
At 08 March, 2006, Anonymous mom said...

Brian,
Just packed the book box and have it ready to mail. It will go out today. Hope you arrived safely. The beautiful two dozen tulips arrived yesterday-Ooooooooh!!!!!!! What a surprise!!!!!!Spring has sprung!!!!!Little Charlie and I found a hycinth bulb trying to bloom in the corner of Melanie's house and deck foundation's. She had just thrown the bulbs there. Love ya. Mom

 
At 09 March, 2006, Anonymous Andrew via host said...

I can't believe it... It seems like just yesterday I was still working with you. I am so happy for you and I hope to keep in touch with you... would have posted sooner but I lost internet for a few days. I shall continue to read your blog everyday too. Good luck my friend and make sure you keep it real!!!!

 
At 09 March, 2006, Anonymous mom said...

Brian, HELP! What is the path to my e-mail? Fozilla Firefox? MSN? Mom

 
At 10 March, 2006, Anonymous Jennifer Noble said...

Now the really exciting stuff begins....hope you're not too overwhelmed!

 
At 12 March, 2006, Anonymous mom said...

Dear Brian,
It's early Sunday morning. We've had no word from you. We know you are busy. Wanted you to know you are constantly in our thoughts and in our prayers. Enjoy every day! What a great adventure! Mom

 
At 14 March, 2006, Anonymous bobo said...

Dunner,
This is a great way to keep up. I hope you maintain this so we can know what you're doing. Maybe I'll have to start a page so I can put updates for us so you know what we're doing. Maybe I'll put random pictures of circus bears in it. Bobo

 
At 14 March, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian,

How's Africa? I bet you're busy. Better write Charlie when you get the chance. He thinks you're in heaven. He won't take my word for it that you're living where the elephants roam. We love you and miss you. Mom checks her email up to five times a day. I guess it took you going to Africa to get Mom to use technology.

Love you.
Mel

 
At 15 March, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian, hope you are at least enjoying the warm weather and also getting used to your new surroundings. I think about you often and hope you are enjoying your adventure!

Love, Jen

 

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