First step, be given a bag of superbly sour lemons. Next, slice lemons in half and examine their innards, making sure to extract any unwanted seeds. Then squeeze every last drop of sour juice out of the halved lemons with all your might (they may be sour, but they’re all you’ve got, so don’t waste a drop!) into a tall, clean glass. Add all the sugar you can get your sticky hands on and dump it into the glass along with the juice. Finally, mix the concoction thoroughly, add ice if you’ve got it, and drink it down like it’s the tastiest hooch that’s ever touched your lips!
I love hearing about my fellow volunteer’s experiences and about how, despite living in the same general region of the country, our living situations are so varied. There are some people living in the mountains, where the temperature is cool and comfortable. Others are living on, or near the beach (I not so secretly loathe those individuals), in well equipped cities or near luscious farmlands.
After a school trip on Monday to “Blue Lake,” which is located in the southern mountains of Malang, I couldn’t help feeling like I drew the short straw in the permanent site sweepstakes. You must understand that I am a fool for water…ocean, rivers, lakes, you name it, I love it all. After spending so much time in, on and around the water over the years, I feel a certain peace when it’s there. So when I got to my permanent site and couldn’t find a drop of the wet stuff, I felt deflated. In and of itself, this wouldn’t be so bad, but as I mentioned in my last post, there is that Musholla(mini-mosque) next door with speakers that haunt my inner being day in and day out and show absolutely no signs of letting up. The situation is far from ideal, which leads me to the point of this message…
Sometimes in life you get lemons and the best thing to do with them is to make
lemonade. My “Cuz,” Matt B. put it best during his farewell speech to our training group just before departing from our previous site. To paraphrase, he said….‘we don’t choose our family, they choose us and sometimes we are lucky (as was the case with our training group) and sometimes we aren’t.’ Well, I didn’t feel particularly lucky when I got to my permanent site and I still don’t, given the factors I mentioned in the paragraph above, but I intend to make lemonade with these f’n speakers, I mean lemons! And with all the sugar laying around here, I couldn’t think of a better place to try.
Here’s to being happy with our lot and making the most with what we’ve got! *disclaimer…if you feel your living situation is worse than mine, disregard this entire message….thank you and good day.