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No Tears were shed(yet) in the making of this Mission Trip: Mississippi Part 5-February 26, 2009

This is the 5th entry out of a series of 6 that I wrote while I was on a service trip to Mississippi in February of 2009…

 

Let me explain the title of this entry before you get all confused. On my previous two mission trips, Thursday night was commonly referred to as “Cry Night”, where the evening program would typically be VERY powerful, leaving everyone assembled most likely in some state of tears, and contributing in general to a very somber pall over the evening. And being that I’m reporting to you on the events of Thursday, I decided to make that the title. Now that we have that out of the way, let me tell you about some of the events of my day. I woke up at about 6:20 AM, which is the usual, got my lunch, went back and changed into my clothes for the worksite, ate breakfast, and then met up with the group in the lounge at 7:45, to plan our day. We then broke and went to our respective job sites. Our crew went back to Laverne’s house, where we got the drywall almost completely laid, we only need to do a few more sheets of it tomorrow and then we’ll be done. Today’s entree for lunch was the best one yet. You may be tempted to ask the question, “how do you follow up sandwiches, spaghetti, and chili cheese dogs?” My answer to you are three simple words: Chicken and Dumplings. After I ate my fill of that(3 bowls worth) we got back to work on the drywall, till we left at around 5 to get back to camp. So, I get in the door at Camp Victor around 5:55. Then someone in our group says, “hey, we’re going to a restaurant at 6:15!” I’m awfully glad that I didn’t get too dirty today at work, cause I obviously couldn’t shower before I left. After going to the Cafe New Orleans(great place, even better seafood), we got back here, I lost a game of euchre, I’ve started the process of packing up, and to cap off my night, I’m writing this note right now, then heading off to bed. Tomorrow will prove the phrase “parting is such sweet sorrow”. On one hand, I kinda don’t want to leave Mississippi, Laverne, and her homestyle cooking(heck, if we were there for a whole other week, she’d be roasting a boar for us by next Wednesday…) But one thing that definintely outweighs the cons is the fact that I’m going to need a week to recover from all of this activity. Let me just show you how busy my month has been. For a period of 5 weekends, I’ll have spent each one in a different part of the country. The 6th, I was in Rock Island; the 13th, I was at ISU, the 21st, I was in Memphis, the 27th, I’ll be in Southaven, MS, and on March 6, I will be at home. So, I now leave you to whatever you have planned next. I may try to put out one final entry recapping the trip, but that’s only if I can get to a computer. If not, I bid you all farewell. If I indeed can write an entry, talk to you later. For now, I’m starting to get loopy, I need sleep badly. With that, I’m off to bed now…

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