Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Processing

So it is a week now since we returned from Kenya and in some ways it feels so much longer. Something as huge as this -- somehow feels like I dreamed the experience rather than lived it. My duffel bag lay opened in the laundry room - cold hard evidence. It has been emptied of laundry but not quite empty enough to put back into storage. I stare intently at the images I captured; faces and places that I am sure will be emblazoned in my memory for years to come. I smile at each memory that is triggered. My stack of travel "paperwork" remains piled on the dining room table with my passport. I should really deal with this stuff but a part of me doesn't want it to be over.

I am distracted. Ideas on how to integrate this experience into my life ping pong around my brain colliding with the order of the day - work deadlines, birthdays, laundry, grocery shopping, my dad's book.

I am sure it will sort itself out. One thing I know for sure -- Kenya heightened feelings, opinions, and passions that I already had and I feel as though I have received the biggest gift imaginable. And better yet, I got to share it with Kidlet.

PS I will spare you all from further meanderings about my trip and save them for our trip blog: Africa Calling.

2 comments:

  1. I have always found it hard to reconcile my life after such mind-altering trips such as you've had. I always have this feeling of wanting to burst, of sharing too much, of feeling so completely impacted that I can't believe people don't realize how I've changed. It usually passes after a while, but it's such a strange feeling. So I empathize with you and feel you are lucky to have shared the experience with your daughter.

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  2. I'm glad you got so much out of your trip. From what I've read on your Africa blog and here, you had a great time. It's amazing how some places have the power to so deeply effect us, isn't it?

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