Thursday, January 19, 2006

Day 52


This week has been a slow week for me. I woke up on Monday with that Monday morning feeling,…..dread. The beginning of the week can get pretty tiring since I am not used to working 5 days in a week let alone right in a row. Yes, I realize this idea of 9-5 is not a novel concept to most people, but to me it has been an awakening these past two months. Luckily, today is Thursday! Only one day before the weekend. Even though I am really enjoying the job that I am doing and every day have tangible evidence that this work is making a difference it is still work and I still have to wake up everyday at 6:45 to get to work.
I am getting into the mode of trainer, which is pretty nice at times. It allows me to learn a lot of information that I did not already know. Tomorrow is the meeting with the Ministry of Health doctor to figure out MSF´s role in the one city clinic that is supposed to take up most of my time in the coming months. Honestly, I am so excited to start a new project and be a bit more focused.
Yesterday, during ¨tea¨, which is actually a break to drink a coke, there where these two children playing outside with a wheelbarrow. It was so great to watch them play. They had no shoes, cloths that were falling apart and parents that were clearly not interested in their whereabouts and yet they were laughing and loving their afternoon. Even in poverty children play!

3 Comments:

Blogger Mom said...

Mom says - I'm so very proud of you. The human spirit is remarkable - you and the children can enjoy life's little pleasures if with everything going on around you.

2:53 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Mom - I guess if you consider a Coke one of lifes pleasures than yes, I too enjoy them. Just kidding. I love you, Nancy

4:32 PM  
Blogger Gabby said...

Hey, don't underestimate the power of Coke and tea breaks. They may be one of the few things that maintain your sanity! And by the way, I feel your pain about the M-F 9-5 thing. We get spoiled as nurses in the States with our 12 hour shifts! Even though they're long, you still get 4 mornings a week when you can sleep in!
I love reading your blog and keeping up to date on your impressions of life in Zimbabwe (or was it Tanzania? :)....hee hee....just kidding). I'll try to do a better job of keeping in touch---I've been a slacker, I know.
Miss you. Weekends in DC aren't the same without you around!
Love,
Gabby

1:10 PM  

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