Dear reader, once again we prepare to journey together, though now it is for the final time. Our bags are packed, and we’ve eaten our last breakfast together. Somehow, in a miracle that defies the properties of physics, we have managed to fit our purchases into our luggage, which are straining at the seams. Our flight leaves from Tuxtla Gutierrez at 12:45 this afternoon, and we will hop north until we reach Minneapolis at 11:57 tonight.
The van driver (not Julio, which is sad) has just arrived, and is loading our suitcases onto the roof of the van. Hopefully he brought a tarp to cover them, because for the first time in days, the sky is lowering and it looks like we will get some rain soon.
It is bittersweet to be leaving behind this place which has been our home for the last ten days, but we are looking forward to seeing our loved ones. Please remember, though—we have been through much, and our hearts are still tender from what we have witnessed. Be gentle with us, dear ones. It has been a long journey together, and we hope that, as you have been reading along, you will be able to understand.
But don’t worry—this isn’t the last you’re hearing from us! We have more planned to post, once we’ve had time to write it.
Until then, take care.
Hi, just adding a note about how much I appreciate her work on this blog and the time and love and attention that she has put into her writing so that many of you, and all of us, have a record of what we have experienced and felt and seen and learned. Thank you Leslie, so very, very much! Chris
UPDATE: We have made it back into the United States! The flight is getting ready to board here in Phoenix, and is scheduled to depart on time. Thank you for your well-wishes! We all look forward to seeing you soon!