July 10, 2010
Dear Mum and Dad,
Thanks for the wonderful emails! It’s so good to hear from youalways. Always always. Smile. It sounds like you had a wonderful visit with Dan, Nancy Jenny and Jonathan. Jenny and I actually had a date before the end of school and I got to hear a little bit about Jhonathan – he does sound wonderful, and Jenny sounds really happy. Smile. So good and important. The last few days have been relatively quiet here. Jon and I stayed up to watch the World Cup Spain versus Netherlands game which played here at 1215 am. Yikes! Smile. Good fun, though. Did you watch any of Spain’s games? They have a really interesting strategy, which is basically to hold onto the ball and pass it around – it’s a really slow style, but it seems to sort of psych out the other team. Spain also has a really solid defense, so the other team tends to have trouble holding onto the ball and struggles to do anything with it when they have it, so it sort of feels like Spain is way ahead in the game even though they don’t seem to score that much. So, it makes for pretty slow games. Spain’s players are also great at diving (making it look like a tackle was really a foul) and there were lots of yellow cards handed out during the finals game. Some of them well-deserved such as a cleat to the middle of a Spanish player’s chest. Boy, that knocked the wind out of him.
Otherwise, like I said, things have been quiet. Lots of walking around and reading and some connecting with friends and so forth. I bought myself a little used New Testament to carry with me and read in my travels. So exciting to have! Smile. I’m well on my way through Matthew. I think I will read through the four gospels, whose stories I am relatively familiar with and then move onto I’m not sure what – perhaps just reading it through as it is. If you have any recommendations at books that I should be sure to get to, let me know.
Tomorrow I embark on vipassana – ten days of silence. Meditation, contemplation, being with myself, practicing presence, practicing paying attention to my breathing and my body. I am excited and though I know it will be hard, I feel that it will be really good and that now is the time for me to do it. Jon will be serving at the center – helping to prepare food, set tables, clean the center, whatever needs to be done around. He left for that this morning.
Anyway, I am thinking of you lots as your move to London approaches. The time difference has made it a little hard to call because the places around here don’t seem to open until later. I’ll try to give you a call this evening, but if we don’t connect, safe travels to England. I hope it’s an adventure plus. Smile. I love you both so very much!