Say Good-bye to December Second and Final part

So we’ll move from Leonard Cohen to the wisdom of Billy Joel. I’ve had his song “Say Good-bye to Hollywood” in my head for a while now.

“So many faces in and out of my life; some will last, some will just be now and then.               Life is a series of hellos and good-byes. I’m afraid it’s time for good-bye again.”

I have said hello to so many fascinating people since my arrival. I shared a meal with the former Ambassador for Tanzania to China and Kenya. I met our new Bishop, Dr. Dixon Chilongani, and his lovely wife. I can thank my new friend in England, Brian Atkins, for that. I’ve said hello to another wonderful British friend too, but more on that later. Maybe.

The kids and staff at CAMS, as I showed you In Part one, are one group of many kids I’ve encountered, including of course our beloved Carpenter’s Kids. I made trips to Safina, which has two programs, one that is a group home for orphans or kids with parents completely unable to provide care. The other is a program for street kids. There is another program called Kisidet and I’ve met some kids there with horrible stories who are being loved and have a chance now in this world. I met the lovely ladies at Village of Hope. They take care of AIDS orphans, about 20% of whom develop AIDS themselves (the children, that is.)

These groups of people were made a part of my time here thanks to my wonderful friends, Margi and Niall Washington-Jones, who have gone home. This is a temporary good-bye, I hope. I plan to visit them one day at their home in New Zealand. More temporary good-byes to my neighbors and friends from CAMS, who are on a five week holiday. I miss them so much I’ve started talking to the cat, which is another story. Another temporary good-bye goes to the fabulous Lauren Salminen in New York. She has been with Carpenter’s Kids from the beginning, and is extremely well regarded by people all over the Diocese of Central Tanganyika. People in town and in villages always ask for her with obvious affection. She is moving on from her position with the Diocese of New York.

Of course, there seemed to be a lot of good-byes forever from this life in December. My beloved YASC friend, Rachel, lost her 30 year old brother, Ben. Willie Lutes, one of our YASC heroes in South Africa lost his grandmother. On the day I said good-bye to my father, my wonderful co-worker Rev. Petro lost a grandparent and a niece. Mr. Donald lost a niece. And approximately 12,090 children under the age of five, here in Tanzania, died of completely treatable causes. You can’t qualify that kind of loss. I just hope that even when I return home, I remember those children and don’t think “Well, they’re on the other side of the globe and I don’t even know them.” Because of course, the good-byes said to them are as heart-breaking as any of the others.

Wow- I’m a bummer. So let’s end this whole December thing with some Counting Crows, “It’s been a long December but there’s reason to believe that this year will be better than the last.”

There are a million reasons to believe it will be better. My New Year’s Resolution is to make sure I notice them.

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8 Responses to Say Good-bye to December Second and Final part

  1. erik greenbaum says:

    thank you for this wonderful post….we all need to look for those “million reasons” everyday. BTW – I see nothing wrong/strange about talking to a cat. I do so all the time….
    Erik

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  2. Charlcie Fielding says:

    Read this in a meditation one time. Needless to say, it helps me at a lot of different times in my life. And I read it for you, Sweet Judy, when I heard about your Father…

    IN HEAVEN WE WILL HAVE NEVER-ENDING ENERGY TO WORSHIP GOD. WE WILL BE ABLE TO DANCE AND SING AND RUN AND JUMP WITHOUT EVER FEELING TIRED OR SICK. ALL THE THINGS THAT HAVE HURT US OR COULD HURT US WILL NOT BE THERE. NO MORE TEARS. NO MORE INSECURITY. NO MORE DISTRUST OR FEAR OR ANGER OR ENVY. WE WILL KNOW HOW MUCH WE ARE LOVED BECAUSE WE WILL HAVE FULL COMMUNION WITH GOD. WE WILL KNOW THE ACCEPTANCE AND PEACE OF BELONGING TO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.

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    • granmamimi says:

      And goodbye to your precious father..whom you had to endure from across the globe..and thankful for those people in Tanzania who grieved with you. I am so thankful for them!

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  3. granmamimi says:

    And goodbye to your precious father..whom you had to endure from across the globe..and thankful for those people in Tanzania who grieved with you. I am so thankful for them!

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  4. Maggie O'C says:

    I love you Miss Judy. I just got your voice mail which tells you about my phone housekeeping habits. I just don’t know how I missed the call because I always answer that weird number. Hope all is well and I can’t wait to hear about your holiday(s). xoxox

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  5. Your Big Brother says:

    He. Long been a fan of the CC line and song. I’ve been playing it all last month-and it still a favorite.

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  6. Nick Smith says:

    Yes, we need to remember all the good that there is and work on what is not working well. It is a daily task which is a hard balance to keep. I am sure that you are making a wonderful impact where you are in Africa. We just need more people like you all over the world.

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