And that's saying a lot. Despite the fact that I got off on the wrong bus stop and had to walk nearly three miles home in my teaching clothes in 88 degree weather--hey at least it cooled down a bit!--today has been so good for my heart. I got to chat with a really good friend from home about everything going on here. Two of my students were so concerned when they saw me walking outside in the middle of school (because I had the lesson off and was going to the toilet) that I wasn't going to be there for their class that they raced up to me, grabbed each of my arms, and tried dragging me back inside. I got a pedicure after school which felt so much like home. Once I finally made it home, Kaye and Roger took me to dinner to watch the sunset. The laughs we shared (at the expense of other people's stupidity) was irreplaceable and enough to heal anything I needed. Then we came home and Abby the freaking adorable cat was waiting to be loved. And at the end of the day I took off my jewelry to hop into bed and I was reminded that no matter how far apart we are or how long it's been, my mom and I are always connected. So tonight when I go to bed I am not thinking about how bad my feet hurt and how I already need another pedicure. Instead, I am so at peace with where I am, knowing I not only have the love of two beautiful people taking care of me in Darwin, but I have the love from home to keep me going right back to them in the end. There's also a lot of peace knowing that tomorrow is Friday.
--If you look closely at the pictures, during dinner we sat near a table where they were hanging a bra on the ledge and there was a urine sample sitting directly on the table. Only in Darwin. And believe it or not, only a fraction of our entertainment.