Monday, June 16, 2008

The Long Haul


It is over a week now since Mary returned to Minneapolis. The shock, questions, and tears about her unexpected and sudden departure are subsiding. Life around me is developing a new ebb and flow of activity as children return to school after their semester recess and others carry on their household duties. People understand Mary is gone and so do I.

Before me is another 15 months, certainly a different 15 months alone than with Mary. They are 15 months as a single Peace Corps Volunteer. I now face what most volunteers face and that is the realization of the long haul road ahead, on your own, with only time as your constant companion.

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