Besides the feeling to call the airlines this morning, there was one other impression that entered my mind. It was the fact that besides physical preparation, I'm going to need to do some very serious emotional preparing for this trip.
In speaking with the gentleman in Tokyo the other day, he asked where I had served. I was in Aomori, Yamagata and Sendai. Here is a map to help you visualize these locations:
I also shared that I spent quite a bit of time in my last number of weeks teaching in Natori. It's not on this map, but it's on the coast near Sendai. We would ride our bikes out or catch a train a few times a week. We spent some of our time with these two young ladies:
When I mentioned Natori, he said, "Oh. Natori was nearly completely destroyed by the tsunami." How does one wrap her brain around something like that?
I know I haven't a clue what lies ahead, but I have a willing heart, mind and body, so we'll see how this goes.
The other eye-opener was a list of supplies I am directed to bring. I thought you might find this interesting. It is the following:
- Food (grab and go)
- Change of clothes
- Work clothes (wading boots are invaluable)
- Thick rubber gloves
- Tall rubber boots (safety boots are desirable)
- Helmet (if possible)
So, I have a week to build up my supplies. Any good ideas on where one could find such things at a minimal cost? I really would love any input you might have.
And so we reach the next step in preparation....