Friday, April 10, 2009
Thank You! (or Africa was good for Tehur and Tehur was good for us!)
Having Tehur with us for the last 6 weeks in Tanzania was a huge gift to our family.
After mornings of school, the creative stuff flowed. I loved seeing Tehur and Heather writing fairy tales, reading poetry, knitting, making up dance routines, playing the piano and talking about great books they've read.
We had some lovely adventures with our Te and we are very happy that Africa was a big blessing to her in the midst of them all. I loved watching her unwind from some of the stress of her last 6 years and embrace all kinds of new things.
Tehur, our European city-girl, hiked for hours in buffalo and elephant country. She camped away off yonder where there are no city lights and where we could hear hyena, baboon and zebra at night. She rode on the roof of the car and got dustier than she probably ever imagined was possible. She bathed in the stream, ate new foods, drank tea with Maasai friends, and was touched by the faith and joy of Tanzanian women. Tehur drove the big Land Cruiser over bush roads like she was Kathryn Hepburn. Go, Te!
I think my favorite part of Tehur's adventures was the confidence and joy I saw emerging as her new experiences showed her that there are whole parts of herself that are yet to be discovered. I loved hearing her declare herself "The New Tehur." I loved that the simple lives of Josephine and Eva, (the women who work the fruit drying business out of our kitchen) changed Te's perspective on just about everything and showed her again that joy comes from something quite other than where most people think it comes from.
I love that Josephine and Eva taught without teaching and that they cried when Tehur left. And I loved all our evenings together; laughter, tea, mosquitos, power cuts and all.
So... THANK YOU to all of you who participated in getting Tehur to Africa. You blessed us deeply. And THANK YOU, Tehur, for boarding that plane and sharing yourself with us.
We love you.