Thursday, September 23, 2010

Quarter Life

 A new Dominican grocery store opened and it has the whole town atwitter. It dwarfs our little Eagle Market, but it is too far away for us to walk. I will always jump in the back of a truck when others are going, though.
 Tap-taps are everywhere!
Students hanging out at a soccer game. I love how cozy they are here- I hope they love each other really, really well.

So here's the latest. I turned 25 today.


25, the quarter century. John Mayer refers to "the quarter life crisis" you face in your 20's. I'm feeling weirded out, personally. Isn't 25 supposed to be a grownup age?

My mom had me at 25. And she was here this past weekend, here in Haiti! I can't wait to show you the photos and tell the stories.

25. Wow. I had all my students write a little essay titled "what I want my life to be like at age 25 and how I will get there". I can't wait to read them. I wish I could read today an essay I had written at 15- what a hysterical laugh that would be. At 15, I would probably have said that by 25 I would be living in New York, in grad school at Columbia. Ha!

The first thing I did this morning was read a card my mother had left. Then I ate shortbread cookies for breakfast. Then I dealt with a rat trapped in a garbage can in the girls' bathroom during homeroom. Ahh, the contrasts of life in Haiti :)

My first period 9th graders drew me a card and they all signed it. A handful of 11th grade boys sang to me, and so did my teacher friends tonight at our on-campus Chili Night/ worship time. A very, very sweet 12th grade girl made me a dish called "mange blanc", or, literally, "white food". It's a Haitian dessert, sort of acustard-y, jello-y flan with fruit. I was so honored.

Then I wrote a test on Puritan and Revolutionary War literature and a study guide on Julius Caesar. At 15, I never would have thought you went to work on your birthday. 

We're going out for a little cup of ice cream tomorrow at Epi d'Or (the neighborhood bakery), just Ben and I. Saturday we're having friends over in the evening. Facebook is blowing up my inbox. I couldn't feel more loved.



God is so good,
He's so good

Thank you, Jesus. Help me know what I'm supposed to do with these next 25 crazy, mixed-up years (do I even get 25 more years? You never know. Maybe what I think is my quarter-life is actually the last chapter.).

Oh yeah! You already did:

And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly, and love mercy,
and walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

Quarter Life Katie

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