CP in the PC
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain.
- Name: Chandra Leigh Paradis
Return from Africa...
While in Burkina, I was staying a few days in Gourcy and 10 days in a village named Kontigue. Gourcy had a local market and a few phone booths and well, that's about it. So, I would manage to spend three days worth of CFA to make one 5 minute phone call to my family and John in the states. We were supposed to have internet access at the Gourcy hotel, but we were cut off of service for some reason. So, needless to say it was very difficult to communicate at all with back home. Those who know my family, know how close we all are, and how difficult it would be for us to not have contact for two weeks at a time. That may sound weak to some of you, but until you are separated by such a great distance after being so grounded, you realize just how special that bond is, and how much you need to hold onto them!
Now don't get me wrong, I loved Burkina, and everything about the PC and everything Iwas doing there, but there was one thing I loved more.... John.
I missed him terribly, but knew I coldn't come home due to a broken heart. Well, turns out that he missed me more also, and in September, he proposed over the phone in Gourcy asking me to come home.
I had to make a choice, and although it was easy to say yes to John, it was difficult to say goodbye to the place I had longed to be nearly my whole life. Those who know me best, know that family means more to me than anything.... and so I returned, in hopes of coming home and starting a new life with John.
But, I was inspired to come home and get my RN, and nail down my French, so that I can continue working in healthcare, and hopefullly make small travels back to Burkina and Africa where the other half of my heart still remains. But atleast now I will have the best of both worlds.... and I am very happy!