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Friday, September 26, 2008


leaving


The tomatoes are shriveled red orbs that roll and bounce against their green plastic cage when I pull them from the back corner of the refrigerator. I'd had high hopes for those tomatoes back when they were fat and wrinkle-free.

Those are tossed. But the yogurt and butter, cranberry juice, cream cheese and milk go in a bag for Lindsey and Tyson. I remember being married only a month and still in college. Sometimes a handful of items makes the difference. I'll add the recyclable bottles, which they can trade for a few euros.

We've said our good-byes and hugged everyone we could snag. The rugs have been shaken out, the floor swept, the last of the dishes returned to the cupboards. Our suitcases are packed. There's nothing left to do but sleep, and rise, and walk across the street to the train station. One adventure gives way to another. Tomorrow night at this time we'll be sleeping in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower ... more or less.

A woman I know is dying of inoperable cancer. She's beautiful and young and filled with a bright love for Jesus. In this last week she's been on the phone with her friends--preparing them for what's to come, speaking her love, and asking for prayer for her husband and still unsaved mother. She's been planning her funeral, and visiting my dreams.

We eventually leave these places where we sojourn but a moment. We leave a mess behind us, or we sweep the dust of our tracks before closing the door.

And no one makes that choice for us.

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5 Comment:

At 9/26/2008 7:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous had this to say ...

Shannon, a very thoughtful piece. I've spent some time pondering it. I think we all can. Many thanks for the memories of your trip, can't wait to hear some stories straight from you. The anticipation we all feel for this coming week is almost immeasurable. Hurry home. Loving arms are waiting for you both. Debbie :)

 
At 9/26/2008 8:20 PM, Blogger Shannon had this to say ...

Debbie, thank you so much for the little lines of love you've sent us all along this trip. I can't wait to hug you hello. :)

 
At 9/26/2008 10:59 PM, Blogger Kim had this to say ...

Short yet powerful. Hugs. Have a great time in Paris, more or less in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. :) I want to see pictures! Love you guys.

 
At 9/28/2008 12:04 PM, Anonymous The Other Shan had this to say ...

Thanks for pulling out one of the flavors of my emotional gum. It isn't as gray anymore.

 
At 9/30/2008 8:59 PM, Blogger *~Puzzle~* had this to say ...

Enjoy Paris! And my prayers are for the young girl with Cancer. I will pray that God blesses her family and those around her that are Affected.

 

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