Wednesday, February 01, 2012


On Friday, I leave for six weeks in South Africa.  Imagine.  I can't.
I'll be staying on the outskirts of Grahamstown.
Because of the strangeness of my job, I get to do things like this.  There is even a special fund that is paying for this.  This is grace.  I am grateful.  It will save my life.

Today has been another flurry of activity getting things ready.
Shots at the health dept. (which I should have done 3 weeks ago).
Some footwear for me (not easy to find what you want in a size 14D).
Contact and chats with some friends.
And then . . . . . something I have long wanted, but been too inhibited to do.
I got my ear pierced.  Just one - the right one.

Now, if you've read this blog, you may remember several years back, I had another piercing, but in a place nobody could see (unless invited, so to speak).  {Sadly, it is no longer in place; and still missed.}

But the ear, ah, that's a public piercing.  It makes a different kind of statement.

I am "on sabbatical" till the end of March.  When I go back to my usual place of employment, I hope to have the courage to keep it in.  There will be pressure to take it out.  But, for two months, at least, I can play.


Topper said...

Congratulations, you have more courage than do I. I thought of a tatoo but dont thinks its for me. I hope you enjoy your time away and rest, recharge, enjoy. Prayers go with you.

Cubby said...

I'll be thinking about you tomorrow on your long flight.

David said...

Seeing your pierced ear, I immediately "heard" some of my college friends talking about pierced ears and saying, "Left is right, but right is wrong!" Funny how all that negative stuff stays with us for so long.

Congratulations, Vic! Have a wonderful trip.

DeepBlue said...

When I got my ear pierced at 19 yo. my dad scolded me for mutilating myself. I responded: "You did have me circumsized when I was born, didn't you?" My mother smiled and told him to leave me alone! :)

I wish you a peaceful journey.

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RG said...

14D huh? Well, THAT bodes well for naked time! Have a safe trip and a good sabbatical.

BentonQuest said...

Like the earring! Have a great time!