So it begins!!!!
2 hours and counting until my son and I leave the comforts of our humble abode, the loving arms of our family and travel just north of the equator, into the West Indies towards a little island country known as The Republic of Haiti.
The noun HAITI has 2 senses:
1. a republic in the West Indies on the western part of the island of Hispaniola; achieved independence from France in 1804; the poorest and most illiterate nation in the western hemisphere
2. an island in the West Indies
We will be traveling to the town of Thomas (pronouced To-mah) and working on a job site inside the town of Leveque (pronounced lu-VEK)
Never having been one to make a production out of saying goodbye. I feel the need to profess my profound feeling of pride as we (Cody and I) fall from societies “grid” for 10 days. Helping people we have never known, making new friends, traversing a language barrier, working hard and hopefully coming back home with a feeling of accomplishment.
Leaving this country, should be an experience to say the least. At 45 I am not what you would call a “well-traveled” man. Unless you are referring to moving from state to state behind the wheel of a semi-truck. Or traveling from north to south within the confines of our own state as part of the Operations of Emergency Services mutual aid response matrix. If that is the case well then I am certainly “well-traveled” indeed.
Yet I am ready and willing to face the challenges that lay before us. Excited to have our eyes opened to issues that have befallen a country strife with political corruption and greed. Knowing the only source of revenue or aid comes directly from the churches. A stream of assistance the government cannot control for fear of a people led uprising.
So with malaria Tuesday under our belt its officially travel Wednesday. Our bags are packed well, our clothes have been treated, our snacks laid aside for the roughly 8-10 hour trip that lay before us. We know not of what we will encounter or the problems that lay ahead. Yet we are excited and raring to go! As I sit here typing Cody is becoming one with his inner gamer for the last time. Clearing his head and preparing for the journey. I too am doing the same but as we all know its writing that clears my head and readies me for the game.
I hope to find some service here and there, so I may blog about our journey. If not there will definitely be a months worth of material when I return.
So without further ado…. In the skillfully crafted words of the late great Mel Blanc traveling through the wonderful medium of my favorite cartoon character Mr. Yosemite Sam! Sooooo loonnnng suckers!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!