August 10th - It has been a few days since my last post. Most the time was spent in airports and airplanes to may the 36 hour trek home. My final meal in India with Abraham and Feba was at a local restaurant where they serve a 5 course meal. It is a traditional Indian meal that was served once a year for a festival celebrating the harvest. It gave me all kinds of things to try and after 3 courses of the meal we all folded our banana leaves satisfied and full for the day. After the meal we headed to an art museum that was in one of the palaces in Kerala. The final treat of the day was going back to the college where the students sang two songs for me and thanked me for coming to teach at the college and then presented me with a kurta. I hope that is the right term. If not, any of my students are allowed to correct me in the comments. I promised them I would wear if on Sunday here at home when I share at church about my trip.
The trip home was long but was smooth and all the flights ran on time. I enjoyed a couple of deep conversations with fellow passengers. The best part of course was getting off the plane in Omaha and being greeted by not only my wife but my mother all my kids! I started the trip at 9:30 p.m. (India time) on Sunday evening and ended the trip when we finally pulled into the driveway at home at 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Needless to say, Tami and I slept rather late the next day but enjoyed the day together, the whole family was together that night for dinner and then we headed out to see the Beatrice High School Band Exhibition where Keeli conducted the band as the head drum major. Tami and I will continue the celebration later this week as Tuesday was our 30th Wedding Anniversary.
Those of you in the local area, I will be on KWBE 1450 am on Friday morning at 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. to talk about the events of the past month. The local radio station does different programs throughout the week and when they found out I was headed to India for a month to teach they asked when I got home to come on the radio and share about the experience. There was a message in my email today asking if I could come in on Friday, so if you want to here a little more about the trip, tune in.
I will be doing another post after I share on Sunday at church. I promised my students I would get them a picture of me at church and many of them have been following the blog and are my FB friends. BTW... thanks for all the anniversary wishes from India. That was a fun perk I didn't expect.
This blog will journal my experiences as I prepare to go overseas this July and teach at the Asian Christian College of Music in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in India.