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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Lexington and pancakes

This summer, I am residing in Lexington, a far cry from the tribal village known as Wilmore. In Wilmore, I fall asleep to silence or the occasional train. As I go to bed in Lexington, my ears fill with police sirens and possible gunshots. The weird part, though, is that I love being here, meeting new people and vicariously living like a UK student. I am inspired everyday by the group of people I live with, mostly because they live out their faith without the temptation of hiding behind false religion and the name of a Christian school. Don't misunderstand me, there are people at Asbury who also inspire me; but here, it is more difficult to be half-hearted about your beliefs.

In lighter news, I absolutely love my lab co-workers. Most of them are international students and smarter than I would be if I studied full-time for a hundred years, but they are patient with me and show me great kindness. Communication is always an adventure, however :)

I know this summer will be a growing experience; indeed, it has already challenged me in many ways. For now, I am thanking God for the small provisions, like the "pancakes-and real-maple-syrup"-lunch I am now going to enjoy with my friends. As a parting gift, I will share the best quote I have ever read...Henry James seems to know me better than I know myself.

"Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."