A flat tire, a lost foot race — and a good day

The last couple of days at work have been pretty stressful. I’ve found myself with a couple of large tasks that I need to juggle and though all of them are worthwhile and can get done it will take a fair bit of work. At the same time there are some temporary leadership changes at the center I work at that have resulted in some changes and challenges.

But today I was able to unwind a bit from the week. I went to the center to open up for a group that uses the building on Saturdays and enjoyed just puttering around on my bike for a bit. Then I got a flat tire (third this week) and I ditched the bike at home so that I could enjoy walking around for a bit.

I’ve had a few moments when I’ve been out walking – either on my way home at the end of the day or just when I am wandering for the sake of wandering – when I have realized that it feels like I have been here for a long time. It has been a month and a half but it seems like a lot longer – in a good sort of way. The rhythm of life is familiar now. Shopping, laundry and going to work have all hit that point where they just happen without much thought. Having to deal with bike issues hardly even throws me anymore. I even respond to ‘white boy’ quite comfortably seeing as that is how I am referred to by the greater part of the population.

So I enjoyed some walking (and some beautiful cloud shows) as I worked my way over to a sports day that was being put on for all of the Salvation Army corps (churches) in Guyana. I enjoyed watching the events and I even ran in a couple of races. I didn’t do too well but it was all in good fun and I got lots of encouraging (Nice try white boy. We enjoyed watching you run.) comments.

The day ended by checking out an exhibition that is on right now. By chance I ran into a few of the youth that I work with and they had a good time carting me around and showing me everything.

All in all a good wind down from the craziness of the week.


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