Sunday, June 05, 2005

Back in the Lanka of the Living

After sleeping away a week of my life, I'm back in the Lanka of the living, and I'm ecstatic. It was an incredibly unpleasant time, but it's truly amazing how quickly your body forgets what it's like to be that sick. The fever, the aches, the nausea -- all that seems like a distant memory.

It has been so nice to sit here and read the blogs Alex has been writing and your comments over the past week. Thank you so much for your prayers and thoughts; Alex told me about them along the way but it was wonderful to be able to read them all myself.

Our stay at the Galle Face Hotel was splendid. It helps to be sick when you're booking your room. Since they knew I'd just gotten out of the hospital, they gave us a massive room with a really comfy bed and a great sea view. This morning Alex went on his sojourn down south, and I'm moved back to the Institute for some less luxurious (but sufficiently comfortable) rest. I'm sad I can't be with him, but that's the way it is.

Now that I'm better, of course, we're starting to think about heading back home. Only a few days left here, and they're going to be gone before we know it. Despite the setback of being sick, I still feel that this trip has been eye-opening and important for both of us. But things just don't always go the way we think they will, do they? It's funny to see how it all pans out, and how little control we have over anything. I've been brought back to the basics: what matters is health, contentedness, being at peace with what happens in life. That's what being sick did for me, and it's also what the people here have taught me. These people who have gone through war and tsunami -- they know how to embrace life in its joys and tragedies. They know how to cut out the superfluousness and get down to the marrow of it all. This is something Alex and I may have a hard time communicating, but it's something very special to have learned.

Enough pontificating. I'm going to go read the English Patient.

Kiran, Alive and Well in Sri Lanka


At 5:30 AM, Blogger Suzannedoerun said...

We're glad Kiran is feeling better and out of the hospital. Last Sunday we had our Sunday School lesson on Sri Lanka. We watched a video and made paper tea pots and did a word puzzle. It sounds like you are doing well now. We keep you in our thoughts and prayers!

At 5:54 AM, Blogger Papa said...


Your blog is a good reminder that life in the world we think of as poor can really be a life more full and humane than our own. There's more than enough illness going around the island already, yet people, complete strangers some of them, took care of you like one of their own. We're grateful for their kindness, all who responded in your time of need.

There's a lovely metaphor about the humanity we find in unexpected places I recall from a story by the Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore was referring to Calcutta, and speaks of how sometimes in a crack of concrete you can find a flower blooming. In the hardness of life in Sri Lanka, you've found more than a few -- in gorgeous bloom.

Looking forward to your return.

At 6:21 PM, Blogger The foremans said...

Kiran and Alex-We had to start from the begining- today is the first day we checked out your site. Wow! it makes our trip to Georgia visiting our family look pretty boring!! Kiran- we are so glad you are feeling better and being pampered in nice room. It will be nice to see you both in person again!
John,Linette,Halee,Nicolle and Nathan

At 6:42 PM, Blogger Sue & Oscar said...

Dear Kiran & Alex,
We've been gone for the weekend (graduation time). Soooo glad to hear of Kiran's recovery. Our prayers are answered! Will be looking forward to having you back home. Safe travel.
Sue and Oscar Welsh

At 6:47 PM, Blogger Joan Miles said...

Dearest Alex and Kiran,

This, as well, is my first time looking at your trip. What a bump in the road you had Kiran. I know too well how awful it is to be in the hospital..let alone one far from home. Wonderful blessing that that mosquito is no longer of this life! Good ridance!!! Glad you are feeling better!

Hope you are able to get out and about and get a lot of great information for our missions for VBS! Can hardly wait to see what you saw and hear what you learned.

Joan Miles

At 6:51 PM, Blogger Irene and Bob said...

Kiran & Alex, so glad to hear your health is back. This trip has been quite an experience especially for us back home that have been following you on the blog. Rev. Bill had a good message at church this morning. It is going to be rather warm here this week (high 80s to 90). Hope Alex's trip is rewarding. Enjoy the next 2 days.
God Bless,
Irene and Bob

At 9:16 AM, Blogger scott and clara welsh said...

So happy to hear you are feeling better Kiran! We are just back from back to back long weekends away. School is now out here and the kids couldn't be happier. We kayaked in the mountains and watched an bald eagle swope down from a nearby tree, catch a fish from the water, and proceed to take it to the tree to eat. It was within 50 feet of us. It was awesome. Can't wait to get kayaking behind your house. We'll see you soon! -The Welsh Clan

At 6:06 PM, Blogger Peg said...

How nice to hear from you! We are so thankful that you are feeling better. I'm so happy for you that you can see the good that God has brought from this illness. It is great to be able to be at peace in all of our circumstances. We pray that you will continue to get stronger each day. We look forward to your return to PA.
Keith, Peg and Mere


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