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I’ve been traveling, living, teaching and learning alongside Iraqi and American high schools students on a program where experiences clown-car into days and a week holds a year’s worth of living.  Istanbul, Vermont, Chicago and now DC.  We can count – in hours – our remaining time together. I have one girl who can’t laugh without crying she says the bitter and sweet come together.

I am filled with the all to familiar hart-pangs of having letting them out of my sight and out of my reach. Out of a place where I know they are taken care of; where they take  care of each other and back into a world that won’t give them the kindness they deserve.

Its taken the better part of an hour to write that much and I’m just not willing to be this Sad yet.  I’ll let them go when it is time and deal with thinking about it later.

This is about the Hershey kisses….

(Vermont)

single gold diggers find somebody to loveStaff dances

Someone’s first swim

Ice Cream Breaks (even if your vegan)

And pie.

(Chicago)

Ferris Wheel Views

Stunning Ceilings

Hangin’ at the Willis (Sears)

Painting (volunteer day)

Getting Painted On

(DC)

and Glorious Days in Beautiful Places.

The delicious bits of life.

**For their safety, we are not allowed to post pictures of our Iraqi students. Dude, I would rather you were seeing them too.”

I’ve been back in Vermont for 24 hours now.  It’s like putting on my favorite fleece slippers after walking across a cold tile floor. 
 
  
It feels right here.
 
 

A room with a view.

That’s the view from my office.  The stump is where I sit when I have lots of phone calls to make.

 
 
  
Quotes from the first 24 hours:
 
“Your like a flower – when you show up , it means winter is really over and summer is offically here!”
 
“I was headed down to the farm, thought I would stop in and see if you need anything.”
 
“Remind me to take the pick up truck home, not the subaru”
 
“Want to meet at the co-op, grab some wine and sit by the river?”
  
    
Toto, were not in DC anymore.

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