Well, no pictures, no exciting travel stories in this post. I just wanted to write about what's been on my mind today and really, for the last five months. You know, I have traveled all over the world to some great places. While in the military, I lived in Bavaria for three years and what a beautiful area that was. Later, I spent extensive time in Italy/Greece and really enjoyed both the countries and the people. More recently in '06, I was in Slovakia and have wonderful memories of the times I shared with friends there. Still, there's just something about Georgia that is difficult to quantify. Is it the beauty of the country that calls me back? Is it the hospitable nature of the people? I think it goes deeper than that. In Georgia, you can feel the suffering the people have endured over the centuries as it has been passed down in the collective consciousness. Yet, you can also observe the positive attitudes they display every day despite past injustices. Victimization is not used as a crutch in Georgia. The people live every day to the fullest knowing that just being alive is the greatest gift of all. I think it is this 'joie de vivre' that draws me back and makes me love this country like no other.
So, I must endure another 12 years of the rat race and then, I can live in Georgia forever! As you can see, I have a disease for which there is only one cure . . .