Monthly Archives: February 2018

Your Guide on How to Stay Sane In Peace Corps Morocco

You go, Audrey! What a wonderful post!

Aud Lives Abroad

I don’t know if you know this, but Peace Corps is hard, like kinda really hard. I know, I know Screen Shot 2018-02-26 at 4.45.01 PMyou’re probably thinking “WHAAAAAAAAT?!, but Audrey makes it look so easy and fun!!” Which, don’t get me wrong, all in all I am very, very happy here, but I still have those days. Those days where I’m hitting my head against the table because I’m frustrated with my language level. Or when you haven’t changed your clothes in a week because it’s just too damn cold to expose your skin to the elements. Those days where I’m trying so hard not to freak out too much because I haven’t written any lesson plans. Or those days were I’m just so exhausted from just simply existing.

If you’re going to survive in Peace Corps Morocco you have to have a “How to Keep Sane Plan.” It really is the only thing…

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Didus’ (grandpa)

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With joy: “Mara, she’s walking!”  you called, in your own tongue.

I expect I understood as I took my first few fuzzy steps

before I fell on my rear!

Mom arrived in that narrow front room,

head covered in a patterned scarf,

drying her hands on a damp towel, too late.

She and grandpa confirmed then, I’m sure,

this moment – this only moment –

as I gazed at them, through baby-big eyes:

love flowed, in that narrow front room, and joy.

Mary Elyn Bahlert, 2/06/2017