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Serenity Now!

July 18, 2016

We have walked around our fair share of glens and gorges here in New York State observing the layers and layers of shale cut through. I have finally (a week out) realized that I am feeling more than the normal amount of stress about our upcoming visit to Kenya. I’ve got layers upon layers of stress around this trip, some more rational than others. I thought I’d allow myself, maybe just this once, to try to articulate all of them. Enjoy:

  • health and safety
  • avoiding bombings
  • avoiding all other forms of terrorism
  • diplomatic coups
  • visas
  • get my passport back
  • get in and out of Kenya
  • financial
  • communication
  • planning and bookings
  • medication
  • parking in Toronto
  • loooooooong flights
  • whiney children
  • appropriate clothing
  • less luggage
  • taxi charges
  • in-laws
  • no electricity
  • no water
  • adequate food
  • handling life in the “fishbowl” again
  • Transportation on the ground
  • bored children
  • bored me
  • Missing the Democratic National Convention
  • Missing the Olympics
  • Helping my kids navigate the complexities of appreciating and not exoticizing other cultures
  • Navigating the complexities of appreciating and not exoticizing other cultures
  • Seeing former colleagues and students
  • Appreciating what we have without othering those we visit
  • Riding motorcycles
  • Putting my kids behind unknown motorcycle taxi drivers
  • malaria
  • medications
  • sleeping on floors, etc
  • bringing what we need, but not too much
  • gifts for cousins
  • being asked for money
  • being American

I better stop this.







One Comment leave one →
  1. Deborah permalink
    July 18, 2016 8:52 pm

    They say it’s helpful to make a list of all your worries and then put it aside.

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