Trip Start Feb 01, 2013
7Trip End Mar 01, 2013
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" Well, it’s been a week since I’ve been back and though I’ve left Guatemala, Guatemala has not left me. For now, the peace that comes with a slower pace of life and the joy of serving children has stayed with me in my life here at home. I hope and pray I can keep them for a little while. I miss the constant sunshine and the brilliant colors. I miss the smell of coffee and the taste of Guatemalan chocolate. I miss waking up to a view of volcanoes framed by flowering jacarandas. I miss the adventure of walking into any building and wondering what hidden garden or ruin I might discover. I miss capturing the beautiful country and people with my camera (see attached album). I miss using my broken Spanish and of course, I miss the new friends I made.
But mostly, I miss the kids. Kimberly, Zoila, Manuel, Humberto….Their names are always at the forefront of my mind and often in my prayers. I wonder how they are doing, if they are eating and gaining the weight they need to survive. I remember holding them in my arms and trying to communicate without words that they are loved and have value. And I wonder if another volunteer is holding them now that I’m gone. I sincerely hope so. As much as I gave them, I think they gave me more. My heart has been opened in a new way to the plight of children in
poverty. And how something as simple as touch can change a child’s health and therefore her life."
Shannon said it so beautifully... what more can I say?