As each of my children left the nest, I thought of this old phrase. I said it myself when I learned to ride a two wheeler at the age of seven and proudly yelled ‘Look Ma…no hands’ when I also mastered that.
All three of my kids have gone their separate ways; one still here in my city, the other two, far away. Now, the youngest is going even further away. Not permanent, mind you, but still to a place that is frightening to me because of the civil unrest and terrorism in that country.
As a celebration to herself for getting her Master’s Degree in Special Education, she has decided to do a special ed internship at a school in Africa. It will only be for a month but when she announced it to us and wanted our opinions, I had to bite my tongue. While I’ve always tried to support them in whatever choices they made, this one terrifies me.
She will be leaving Sunday evening to go back and finish up the final semester and graduate. I’ll be flying visiting another daughter, then we will drive in for the graduation, drive back to home, then I'll fly back home.
Suzy will be off to Africa after she graduates.
To all my friends, please accept my apologies for my absences. After the flooding in North Dakota where one daughter lives, issues involving the child here in Arizona, and now this……well….my mind is spent. I’m having difficulty sleeping, thinking or commenting. When things are a bit more settled, I’ll be catching up with everyone.
p.s. The program she will be volunteering for is a very good one. She will be working with children and young adults with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and other developmental disabilities.
Below is part of the travel advisory from the U. S. Government. Here is the link:
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520
This information is current as of today, Thu Apr 09 22:36:59 2009.
November 14, 2008
The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Kenya. American citizens in Kenya and those considering travel to Kenya should evaluate their personal security situation in light of continuing threats from terrorism and the high rate of violent crime. This replaces the Travel Warning of August 22, 2008, to note increased security concerns in northeast Kenya near the Somali border.
The U.S. Government continues to receive indications of potential terrorist threats aimed at American, Western, and Kenyan interests in Kenya. Terrorist acts could include suicide operations, bombings, kidnappings, attacks on civil aviation, and attacks on maritime vessels in or near Kenyan ports. Many of those responsible for the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in 1998 and on a hotel in Mombasa in 2002 remain at large and continue to operate in the region. In November 2008, armed groups based in Somalia crossed into Kenya near the town of El Wak and kidnapped two Westerners. Travel by U.S. Embassy personnel to border areas of Kenya northeast of the town of Wajir has been restricted until further notice." …..