Today was one those moments we missionaries have as we transition back. I went to the grocery store to pick up a list of items. I got most of the items off of the list and then headed to the deli to get some Turkey and Ham deli meat. I went up to the counter and asked for 1/3 of a pound of Turkey. The deli lady looks at me and says how do you want it. I just looked at her and stared. I did not know what to do for a minute. The lady looked at me and said would you like it cut thin. I said yes I would. I than had another moment at the check out line. I pick up a dozen roses to given Angela and Julie thanking them for their Labor of service for our families. The lady rang them up and then the bagger asked me, do you want a bag for the flowers. I just stood there and then said yes.
What a day. 🙂
Well, we have been back in the US almost 3 weeks. Our bodies have pretty much gotten used to this time change, but not all of our emotions have gotten used to being in the US. We have found several times where we don’t understand what is happening. For instance, we have had the privilege of watching cable TV where we have stayed. Of course there are many channels to watch, but several that I have been interested in deal with home renovations and car renovations. On one car renovation show people spent $45,000 to have their family car updated. I thoroughly enjoyed the show, but also thought what in the world are they doing. The car did need some work, but not $45,000. That money could have been used to help any numerous organizations in foreign countries or even here. There is such a great need. This is just one observation of the transition we are going thru. My prayer is that I never lose that thought process. It is hard to see a lot of money being wasted on things that are not everlasting.
Several things we have enjoyed while being in the US. Roads, ice cream, stores that are close by, fuel stations that cost less, fast internet, dining places, and family.
We have spent the last week down in Ohio with Angela’s sister. It has been a great time for all of our kids to play and spend time together. We have been able to help get several odd jobs done around the house for her sister and husband. It has been a relaxing and refreshing time for us with a little work.