I made it!

October 27, 2006

Visiting Dubya in DC:

Visiting Mecca in NYC:
(The Apple logo was changed to promote (PRODUCT)RED. That’s a topic for another post.)

Well, I survived. The first day was the longest I have ever gone without sleep, which was brutal. I mean, when you pulled all-nighters in college, didn’t you sleep at some point the next day? We got more sleep the rest of the trip, but it felt like I was gone for three weeks because each day was packed with what would normally take three days. When we got back, I slept for 12 hours.

Would I do it again? At the time, the answer was No Way. But now that I am rested, I’d have to say I’d consider going again. If you ask Trevor how he liked the trip, he will give you a typical teenage answer: *shrug* “It was OK.” Which, translated through what I observed, means: He had a great time.

Three things moved me to tears:

  1. Hearing “Taps” played at the Tomb of the Unknowns while students from Trevor’s school participated in a wreath-laying ceremony. This was a higher honor for our students than I realized. So solemn.
  2. Missing Kay while watching Beauty and the Beast performed on Broadway. The story has a strong Christ-message, but what got me was the sheer romance combined with the distance from my love. (Oh! Donny Osmond played Gaston!)
  3. Singing “America the Beautiful” at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center. I couldn’t do it, I was too choked up.

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

12 responses to I made it!

  1. Ain’t travel grand?

  2. Yellow, I tend to be a homebody who enjoys mundane predictability (Kay calls me her “vanilla ice cream” man). But I sure like the experiences that travel brings.

  3. Thanks for sharing your teary moments, Jon. It’s always beautiful to me to hear of deep married love. Glad you missed her in the midst of all that busyness! 🙂

  4. Katherine, I know you’re a sucker for that kind of thing. 🙂 Seeing other marriages lose their fire or fail altogether, I am gratefully amazed that while we have not been without trials, after 20 years we are more in love.

  5. Jon, thanks so much for sharing some highlights from you trip. It sounds amazing. I’m glad you got to go, and are safe back at home, eating vanilla ice cream. I think I heard somewhere the vanilla is the most popular ice cream flavor. Funny eh?
    Wow, you’ve been married 20 yrs? Jor and I are coming up on our 18th and it just keeps getting better.

  6. Wow! Sounds like a great trip! I’m impressed by the very relevant stops on the tour. It will be great for the kids to be able to relate and to be able to say, “I’ve been there.” when people talk about The White House, Ground Zero, etc.

  7. I think it’s interesting how powerful Ground Zero is. I didn’t think it would hit me as hard as it did.
    Sounds like a great trip!

  8. Helen, when we go out for ice cream I actually order strawberry. But what’s funny about me is each time we go, I still check out all the flavors to see if there’s anything new. But there isn’t. So I get my strawberry. But I have to check!
    Coming up on 18, huh? Time flies…

  9. Monkey (I can’t help but think of “Laugh-a while you can, monkey-boy” from Buckaroo Banzai),
    One thing that worried me going into the trip is that it was run by a Christian tour company, and I was afraid there might be a “Jesus votes Republican” thing. Thankfully my fears were misplaced, and our guide successfully led us to a place higher than left vs. right. At particularly significant locations we paused to pray, and in the course of the trip we prayed for Republicans and Democrats, for those in power and those disgraced from power, for victims of terrorism and for the terrorists themselves.

  10. Globey,
    Yeah, the WTC site itself is unimpressive — just another construction site with heavy machinery moving about. While this was my first time to DC, I had been to NYC before and remember visiting the WTC. My brother used to work there, and so did his wife! I am grateful they weren’t there that day, but my heart is heavy when I think of all the other families who can’t say that about their loved ones who were just going to work for another day in the office.

  11. I feel bad. You are back and I didn’t comment. Consider this my belated comment.
    On a side note, I think I had that apple store on one of my fantastic fridays a while back.

  12. Kevin, all is forgiven. 😉