From June 29, 2020 Most of my time in Florida so far has been spent in my apartment, dealing with correspondence and dreaded administrative chores; it has not been easy catching up on four months of neglect. I had a very nice dinner on Saturday night with Dr. Bowen and his wife, Elizabeth.
From June 27, 2020 Before the February 29th trip to Haiti, I felt I had one foot planted in Haiti and one foot planted in Florida. But before I boarded the plane for Florida on June 25th, I felt as if I had both feet firmly planted in Haiti. Florida had slowly faded from my consciousness.
From June 26, 2020 On Thursday morning, I was up at 4:15am. I had not set the alarm. I had such travel anxiety I just couldn’t sleep. Around 5:15am, I logged onto the JetBlue website. It was far too early to check the flight status for my 12:48pm flight #1210…but I did anyway. It said on time. Of course, an…
From June 25, 2020 In a few hours, Billy will drive me to the airport for my 12:48pm flight to Ft. Lauderdale. It is just four days short of four months since I landed in Haiti. Florida and my small apartment on Hutchinson Island off the coast of Ft. Pierce seem like a distant memory.
From June 24, 2020 Outside the male staff’s apartment, the guys set up a gym. They do weight lifting and exercising every day. A week ago, I was visiting them to see Giles. Half joking, I said I wanted to workout with them. The joke turned serious when Mackenson became my personal trainer.
From June 23, 2020 This the back of the apartment that is adjacent to the back of Santa Chiara.We have three of the four units. Baby and Carla live in the back unit on the 2nd floor.
From June 22, 2020 If all goes right, I’ll be flying to Florida on Thursday. I’ve been in Haiti for just a few days under four months. Last week, I contacted JetBlue to book my return trip. I wanted to come back on June 9th. That would have given me 13 full days in Ft. Pierce, plus two travel days.
From June 21, 2020 Every day when I come home from Mass, Peter Francis and Clare Marie run up to me. They follow me upstairs. I give them each a class of juice and a piece of fruit.
From June 20, 2020 Today’s Journal features several photographs of life at Santa Chiara.
From June 19, 2020 All the schools in Haiti are closed and have been close for many months. But the Santa Chiara school has remained open. The older kids assemble in the schoolhouse, where we have two teachers.