Friday, November 12, 2010
Two priests from my religious order visited us today. Fr. Zenon is from Congo and Fr. Vincent from Indonesia. When they stepped into the classrooms they found a map of the world and showed the students where their homes were. One of the classes was interested in the terrain of their homeland, and learned about jungles and rain forests. Another class asked about animals and learned about elephants and monkeys. Fr. Zenon is an educator in the Congo, and ran a school with 1,200 students. He told one of his biggest struggles had to do with tuition. In his country, students dropped out as the year went on because they couldn’t afford the fees to continue school. Since St. Joseph’s doesn’t charge tuition, our students don’t face that pressure; but it is a very real issue in most private schools.
Tonight, our local hospital held their annual fundraiser and holiday extravaganza. With all the decorations it reminded me of how soon Christmas will be here. The Nurse Practitioner who sees me at our health care center on campus, and is my local contact with the doctors at Mayo, was at table with her mom. When she introduced me she said, “This man is a walking miracle”. Hearing her describe it that way made me realize how far I’ve come since diagnosis. I’m glad I’m able to get out and around and do so much now.