Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Katie Update

Katie's been Down Under almost 5 weeks now. She has petted kangaroos and emus as well as eaten their meat. She has learned to surf, seen Macbeth at the Sydney Opera House, and hiked along the Gold Coast.

She has also lived with cockroaches, commuted to work on a route that includes two buses and a fair amount of walking, and lived with 100 people she'd never met until they set up housekeeping together.

Yesterday I asked her if she would decide to go again, knowing everything she now knows. Her answer warmed the cockles of my mother heart.

"Yes. I don't love being without my friends for so long, but now I know I could go anywhere in the world and be okay."

Bingo! That was the thing I most wanted for her: comfort with adventure, the feeling that you can handle whatever life throws at you. 

She'll go a long way, that girl of mine. And that's good, as long as she always comes home again.


mamatulip said...

Seriously, Jerri, I am weepy after reading this.

Michelle O'Neil said...

So great Jerri!

Jess said...

Wonderful!! Adventurousness is a seriously important skill to cultivate.

Suzy said...

Her heart will always be in your home, where ever you are.



Go Mama said...

well done!

Carrie Wilson Link said...

I'm working on developing an acronym for what happens to me when I read posts like this - so far I'm considering: COL (cry out loud), FCN (fully crying now), and SMTT (smiling through the tears).