Pu= Uncle (What I usually call my host dad) Ming= Aunt (What I usually call my host mom) 1.21.19 Pu calls to me through my bedroom door. I am resting on the edge of the bed, stewing in a sickness that feels like it's been hibernating for months. “Jade, come here. Come see this,” he … Continue reading Snippets of Life With Pu and Ming
The first Christmas I have ever spent away from my family (My blood family, the ridiculously large American one) was both bizarre and monumental. Bizarre because my friends on social media posted pictures of ice, snow, and stocking caps (did I just say stocking caps? Who am I becoming?!) while I sweat profusely in the … Continue reading Arriving at Site as an Official Peace Corps Volunteer in Stung Treng Province, Cambodia
It had been approximately 10 minutes since a Language and Cultural Facilitator from the Peace Corps had dropped me off at my new host family’s house in Takeo province, Cambodia, helping me to pull my dusty luggage that was, unbeknownst to me, filled with sra-mouch (ants) already enjoying feasts of American goodies that were intended to be given … Continue reading PST: Pre-Service Training…More like Perpetual Sweat and Tears, amiright?
Sometime in the Spring of 2017, I had a dream. It was the kind of dream that leaves you feeling like a different person when you wake up, as if the vastness of life grew hands and rung you out, the old and overused bits of you dripping down its arms, and then hung you … Continue reading Lessons Learned After The Greek Sun Sets: Part 2, The Church
This is the story of a perfect night. It's also a story of acceptance, or at least the process of it. It was our third night (out of nine) on T'ouranou, the beautiful boat that our friends Rhonda and Rhiannon invited us to sleep, eat, and dance on as we sailed through the Aegean sea, … Continue reading Lessons Learned After The Greek Sun Sets: Part 1, Sarakiniko