In for “Whatever”

while the sky is yet dark,
having piled out of vans
in the wee hours
with enormous duffel bags,
black for personal luggage,
red for medical supplies.

* * *

I have been waiting 4 years.

* * *

I really don’t know any of these people very well,
the other 16.
In a week that won’t be true.

* * *

Yesterday we learned
the shipping container
that took months to fill
and then was sent off
on a slow boat 8 weeks ago
has arrived intact!

Now we go to unload it.

* * *

I got patted down.
Am now fully awake.

When I sign up for these things,
I sign up for “whatever.”

I think that’s the best way to go.
Also the most fun,
what with all the usual whining
being left behind.
It’s a weight off.

* * *

I am limited to 50 lbs. of luggage and my bag comes in at 27, pre-snack. I toss in Cheddar Chex Mix, which I’ve never had, but I’m feeling adventurous.

(In my carry-on, I have your basic no-frills tiny pretzels because every time they bring me peanuts on an airplane, I eat the peanuts, then wish I had some pretzels.)

* * *

I’ve set myself a goal
and kept it to myself
pretty much
so nobody tries to trip me up.
Okay, so I have a few trust issues..
But here it is:
To make it through the whole 8 days
without uttering the words,
“Man, it’s so hot!”

We buckle up while the sky is still dark,
then rise to meet the sun’s first rays.
Honduras bound.

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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