Living in the Moment or Denial is the Lesser Part of Valor

November 14, 2009

Our trip is winding to close.  Tomorrow at 5:30 am we will hop in a taxi and with any luck be taken to a train station where we will be whisked away to Cochin. We’ll check our bags at the airport and then spend the day wandering around Cochin. By 8:30pm we will be on a plane to Mumbai and from there will be only a few hours before we are on our way to California.

Both dad and I have had such an amazing time here. We’ve been smothered with the generosity of that permeates every interaction. We’ve been overwhelmed by the poverty, and , and olfactory presence of this place. We have found peace and calm and the ability to live in a . It is this last gift that I believe I will carry the longest. It is this gift that allows me to sit in this familiar internet “cafe” and type this article as if tomorrow will never come.

I suppose I could allow myself to think about how I might feel tomorrow, as we speed away from this little slice of paridise. I suppose I might predict a sense of loss and regret. Instead I’m going to allow India’s its due. I am here. now I am grateful, and tomorrow will be rich with its own moments.

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