Now that we’re only two sleeps away from getting out of Dodge I’m thinking a lot about the things I’m looking forward to.
- Quiet. Haiti is not quiet. Ever. In all the years that I’ve been here I have never been able to find a place where there are no people. Even up in the mountains when all you can see is scrub brush, someone will pop up and you wonder where they came from. There is always noise here. Even in the middle of the night, when you would think things would be all quiet there are still roosters, and other random sounds. The trucks on the highway start going by around 4 am. If there is country power people turn on stereos as loud as they can, all night long. There is never quiet here. In Canada, there is quiet.
- In Canada church is only about an hour and a half long. This morning church was 4 hours long. By the end of it I felt ready to explode from the combo of having to pee, my butt aching and just being fidgety. Don’t get me wrong, I like church. 4 hours is just a very long time. Oh, and I’m pretty sure we had three different sermons. Or maybe it was two and then a reiteration of the two.
- I am looking forward to being cold. Or at least not sweating all the time. There are cold climate people and there are warm climate people. I am and have always been a cold climate person. My brain works better when it’s cool, I am less cranky when it’s cool, I retain less water when it’s cool… I like wearing jeans and layers. And right now it’s humid as a nice big weather front looms over us. I wish it would just open up and rain and put me out of my sweaty misery.
- I am looking forward to walking. On sidewalks. You don’t appreciate these simple features of modern society until you no longer have them, or really any flat surface to walk on. The idea of being able to go walking with a stroller is something I’ve been looking forward to doing in Canada for, oh, a couple years now.
- Produce. I mean, we get good fresh produce here in Haiti, and really you can’t compare to fresh fruit off the tree, but things like apples, navel oranges, BIG peppers, different kinds of lettuce, fresh mushrooms… oh, going “shopping” will be fun.
- Cheese. We’re a cheese family. Nuff said.
- Lack of stress. There are things that are stressful wherever you go, but in Haiti it’s like you’re living in a pot of stress all the time. It’s not always that there are specific things that are stressing you, it’s that everything here just requires so much more effort, never works right and can take so much energy to accomplish that a person is usually living in some sort of stress state. Getting away from it gives you a time to step back, re-prioritize and re-group. It feels good and I’m looking forward to that.
- Dates with my husband. I think in the last year we’ve had a few nights without Olivia, but I don’t really remember them. It’s been a long time… oh wait, never… since we’ve been able to go on regular dates. I don’t even really know what that’s like.
- Having a support base as parents. We have some great friends here, but we are all busy with our various ministries and it’s not easy to just drop Liv off somewhere if we need a big of time. Living at my parents house will mean we have parents as a back up and I’m excited for that. To have someone say “Hey, want me to watch the kid while you go do (fill in the blank)?” Um, yes. Yes I do.
- Sleeping in. Do you know how hard it is to sleep in when it gets light at 5 am and warm not long after that? Yeah. Looking forward to catching up on a few years sleep.
- Coffee + pyjamas + my parents kitchen.
- Hot showers all day long, not just when the sun has been shining a lot.
- Drying my clothes in a dryer where they come out feeling fluffy, not crunchy.
- Lines on the road. Lines are boundaries. Visual boundaries that tell people what side of the road to drive on. Not just all over the road as they feel like. I believe that driving might actually once again be a pleasurable experience where my blood pressure doesn’t go through the roof.
- “Pot holes”. Yeah. Haiti pot holes swallow a car. Canada pot holes hardly make you feel anything.
- Friends. Just “being” with friends.
- Being able to accomplish more than one thing in a day. And knowing when I get up in the morning that it is possible to accomplish all those things on the list in one day.
- Seeing my daughter discover a whole new world.
- Doing things as a family. And actually having things to go and do as a family other than sitting around and watching a show.
There’s a lot more that can go on the list, but we’ll save that for another post.