COUNTDOWN: 19 days
Yesterday, I got a card in the mail from a Cary address, the same town I live in. It starts, "Congratulations on joining the Peace Corps!" and continues to explain the writer's daughter served in Guinea, and that the experience was fulfilling for both her and her family. I was absolutely touched that this person took the time to send me a handwritten note. And a couple who frequents a local coffee shop I like to go to befriended me, and is insisting on sending me care packages (I think coffee and tea?) during my service. It's wild, this support.
Then today I got an email from the Ecuador Training Assistant welcoming me to the country and introducing herself and her job (the subject title was "Hello my new Trainee." Who wouldn't love that?). I much appreciate the contact and the introduction because, aside from knowing the right person to go to for whatever task I need to complete, it gives the experience a more 'real' feeling. There are people in Ecuador right now who are getting ready for Omnibus 105.
And so if you've arrived at this point, you're maybe wondering where that title came from. Or you forgot about it. Or didn't read it. Anyway...my mom dug this 'fortune' out from the bottom of a foot massager-bath-thingy...I don't know...whatever it is, this slip of paper cracked me up: