Posted by: janpierce | March 1, 2008


We made the trip home safely. I actually slept a little bit on the first flight from Hyderabad to Amsterdam because we had to be at the airport at 1 a.m. and flew out at 3:30 a.m. so it seemed like the right thing to do! Those long trips are just no fun, but come with the package. Walking into our house for the first time was a surreal experience. Everything looked like it belonged to someone else. There were Christmas presents in little piles around the house because we got home from Christmas in Idaho and left on January 1st. Christmas??? I had a hard time remembering it. I saw right away that I have too much stuff. We’ll have to work on that. I fell in love again with the Northwest scenery. The green of the trees, the crisp clean air, and God even gave us a sunny day on our first day home! We are still jet-lagged after two days and fall asleep at odd hours. Last night I went to bed at 7:00 p.m. and slept through until about 4:00 a.m. Roger is on a different track, he slept from about 8:00 until midnight, was up from 1:00 – 3:00 and then back to bed until 7:00. It will all straighten out soon.
My brain is tired from zig-zagging back and forth from here to India. Camels, monkeys outside my classroom door, dusty streets filled with people in all sorts of colorful and exotic clothing, three little children lying asleep on the street corner nearly naked, their parents nowhere in sight but probably hoping that someone will give a few rupees, poverty everywhere you look. I wrote in my journal that it is as different as going to Mars – totally unbelievable that there is that world right now, this very minute, happening as I drink my Starbucks coffee and lounge around in my warm, comfortable home. And speaking of comfort! Our clean comfy bed and the warm showers are still just soooo wonderful. I didn’t mind roughing it for the most part, but the convenience and comfort are still just very enjoyable.
I am beginning to process my experiences. Actually I have been doing that all along. The contrasts, the level of responsibility to shoulder, my part in alleviating pain and suffering, just the whole issue of service and how to be most effective. I learned so much on this trip, but am not under the illusion that I made a huge difference. I guess I could be satisfied in making a number of small differences.
Today I will dive back into unfinished business here. I gave myself two days to basically just rest and “be.” I’m looking forward to spending time with many of you and catching up on life in the good old USA. I am secretly glad that I missed a lot of the early election stuff. I was busy reading about Indian issues like the railroad fare decreases and lots of news on Indian cricketeers and their matches with Australia. We just got a smattering of American news. We’re happy to be home.



  1. Welcome home Roger & Jan, hope to talk to you soon! Love you guys!

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