Monday, October 16, 2006


The good news is the weather is magnificent. Nothing lower than 65, nothing higher than 85. Isn't that ridiculous? More good news is that I had a friend to spend the morning with. It's always good to have those. And I had my first fresh-squeezed apple juice after a year of none.

It was also good that gramma answered the phone. Because the bad news is that my uncle passed away this weekend. I don't take deaths in the family all that well. There've been so many, it seems. I can't grasp how my friends feel who have never had a close one die. The first funeral I remember was great gramma Dathel, when I was six, maybe. I still remember how she would reach for my hand. Or at least, I have a memory of it, whether it really happened or is just one of those memories we think we have from childhood.

This distance thing, while I knew it would be hard, is harder than I thought, I think. Or perhaps it's just the actual feeling as opposed to the theoretical. Because now that I think of it, I really did think long about how hard it would be. It's really tough with my closest friends being virtually inaccessible. Tanzania-shmia. Out of minutes and 12 hours difference. 13 hours difference and the middle of the night.

I think I may need some different friends. It was really stupid to come to China without my address-book!


Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about your uncle. Trish was really glad to talk with you on the phone, and was wishing she could do more for you.

Sorry also that we've not worked at making contact with you. We do think of you often.

You're much in our thoughts and more!

Paul & Trish

Sarah :-) said...

Hi Sarah.
I'm very sorry to hear about your uncle,
I hope you are doing ok..being away from the family and all.

Today it's just been raining. But not a real pretty rain just, uck fall rain when you just really want to soak up your last few weeks with sunshine and warmth before snow.
but I really do love fall. Probaly my favorite season.
What kind of season is it like other there? you said no lower than 65 but no higher than 85- so springish/summer?
well i should go, we have exams this week {yuck :-P)
talk to ya later-
Love ya,