Our last Home Team reflection for this year's trip comes from JJ Beers:
How sweet it was for you to be in this beautiful place for our special American July 4th holiday. Thinking about this holiday and what we do to celebrate, I do see many similarities. So, please indulge me here.
Country Flag: The Haitian flag colors are the same as our flag: blue, red and a white middle panel with the Haitian coat of arms. Looking closely at the coat of arms you can see a drum, cannons, bugles, long guns and ship anchors. There is also a palm tree topped by the cap of liberty and the motto of L’Union Fait La Force, which translates to “Unity Makes Strength.”
Parades: In Haiti, I envision you parading with the children through the village, and greeting the people on your walk with a bonjour or bonswa, a wave, and a huge smile. So much more meaningful, wouldn’t you say?
Picnics and Barbeques: I know you are feasting with Fr. Effener and enjoying the Haitian bounty. The staff pays special attention to making delicious and beautifully presented meals. They also delight in our visits and love the company.
Group Activities: For the 4th many families engage in some type of sport activity, like baseball, soccer. I know you are also participating in many physical activities, (does dancing qualify?) and also crafts, sing-a-longs and totally enjoying the day…with giggles here and there!
Reunions: Large and small families plan special occasions around a holiday. I can say that we are blessed to have a very special bond with our St. Anne’s family. We may not see them often, but when we do, we give thanks and are grateful for our relationship and friendship.
Concerts/music: This is usually the grand finale of the day with fireworks. I, like Erin, was very impressed with the beautiful voices raised up to heaven by all the people; from the little children and animators at camp, to the adult congregation and choir at mass. It is such an exhilarating feeling that only you can relate to, and will remember forever.From past experience, I know that this is not the ending, but the beginning of a glorious journey spent with incredible, spirit filled people. Embrace this time and memories. Peace to you all, and to everyone there. Praying for you to have an uneventful and safe, journey home.