We should be experts at This particular, yet sometimes the reality just smacks us from the face Just as before. I’ll describe a bit of the idea here so you can remember not to glorify the exotic cross-cultural worker life too much. First, there is actually the aching grief of goodbyes. Our kids are currently ages 20-25. This particular is actually a stage of independence along with accomplishment along with they are all admirably brave in navigating those realities: moving across countries along with states, finding apartments, buying plates along with beds, writing papers, finishing labs or exams, changing drivers licenses along with car registrations along with insurance forms, dealing with medical care along with taxes, connecting with churches along with friends. They do 99% of This particular without our input. along with of which’s hard. Sometimes the idea’s nice in your college along with launching years to know of which your parents are within a day’s drive, or could show up for a weekend or attend an event or buy you a meal. So being immersed in a fraction of of which For two main months along with then flying several continents along with 8000 miles away hurts.
Likewise our moms are in their 80’s. This particular is actually a stage of independence along with accomplishment of a different sort, they are plucky along with resilient in their own brave ways, driving, cooking, connecting, serving, supporting, exercising. They lean a little on our sisters, along with on their friends along with community, yet they also live 99% without our input. along with the idea’s also hard to know of which we can’t show up for a doctor’s appointment, or take them out to a meal, or surprise them for a birthday. Neither required to invest their lives in mothering along with then live with such little contact for so many decades.
So the return starts with hard goodbyes. There is actually a little suspended out-of-time journey of darkness, video screens, cramped legs, meals on trays, of which I actually love (movies along with food along with dozing along with no responsibility). along with then we land right into the chaos of the airport in Nairobi, where luggage is actually being randomly thrown on two different belts along with taken off by any along with everyone, trying to find our bags (we did), along with we drive from the darkness of a throbbing city along with up the Rift Valley escarpment along with the idea feels like home as we are embraced by old friends along with team. yet we’re tired along with jet lagged along with pretty quickly the sheer onslaught of minor difficulties reminds us of which we aren’t called to ease.
For example, in our 48 hours back, we found: our internet modem exploded along with had to be replaced (trip to the Safaricom shop along with about an hour of forms along with reboots), our toilet is actually leaking so the bathroom floor is actually wet (at least we have one), our clothes left from the closet have rat droppings enfolded along with chew marks (laundry, traps) along with our shoes molded, someone tried to break into the front window (they broke the idea yet didn’t get in), our houseworker who cleaned while we were at the hospital one day a week quit because a family she worked for previously returned (sounds tiny, yet trusting someone in your home with everything For two main years along with then returning to find her unavailable was sad), the path we ran/walked on for daily sanity has been closed off by a wall of rock along with thorn (for security they said, so currently we have to find a brand new longer route around), in our absence our landlord did projects with our water tank of which destroyed our little sustenance garden (we’ll have to replant along with wait), along with we are sharing our home for the rest of July with college students on an internship (which is actually big-picture great yet of course another change to come home to). Kenya also decided after we left in May to give two months for all foreigners to do a biometric registration exercise (as our friend says, from the days of Caesar Augustus . . ) so we barely made the deadline of spending our second day back going to Nairobi to report with our documents along with be counted, which is actually always a stressful along with unknown process. Scott almost lost his life to a speeding motorcycle going the wrong way on a divided highway we were crossing as pedestrians. The Massos along with Bethany are departing for a long season, along with we will say goodbye tomorrow. They are some of our best along with longest-term friends. More grief. All to say, of which coming from moth-along with-rust-doth-corrupt realities of a two month absence to re-orienting to life of which has shifted in significant points while we were gone, re-entry is actually HARD.
along with of which’s just the background stuff. There are already so many Serge issues with teams along with the retreat of which we’ve tried to keep up with while from the USA (along with the idea was much harder than one might think to keep our minds/hearts divided along with focused back here, so we dropped a lot of balls), so we are hitting the ground running yet already feeling out of breath. Plus we haven’t even gone back to the hospital until Monday, where no doubt there will be brand new people to work with along with habits, rounds, meetings, medicines, etc. will have changed along with we will be disoriented along with catching up coming from behind Just as before. I probably can’t remember any Swahili. Sigh.
There are bright spots for sure, a dog thrilled to see us, a comfortable bed along with mosquito net, brand new neighbors who are also old friends come to spend six months on a research project, meals proffered along with community restored. We do love along with choose This particular life along with work. yet some weeks the cost is actually more evident, along with more steep, than others. Jesus said the idea might be, we just like to forget of which.
Thanks for journeying with us by reading along with praying. along with remember of which if we’re This particular disoriented by a transition we’ve made uncountable times (though the idea’s always a little different), redouble your empathy for all the people we lead for whom This particular cycle of loss along with learning along with the constant imbalance of re-entry hits hard.