By Aubree Dell, NVM Nurse
March 21, 2013
A few weeks ago, I was blessed with the presence of having my Aunt Cindy, Uncle Dale, and Grandma come to visit me in Haiti. I was so excited to show them a world I have grown to love and call home.
For the last three family Christmas gatherings, Haiti is usually brought up at the dinner table, which typically ends with me frustrated inside because I cannot fully explain the complexity of where I live, what I do, and why I do it. It is impossible to explain what life is really like here, until you come see the patients lined up outside the clinic at 5am, smell the burning charcoal fires in the air, and feel the hard rocks under your feet as you walk back and forth to Chambrun.
A year ago I had asked my grandma to come visit me in Haiti, and she felt she just could not do it, which I understood. I do not know what it is like to be 80 years old—sorry grandma for spilling your age. However, she told me she would pray about it. A while later she decided that coming to Haiti was something the Lord was putting on her heart and told me that she was coming to visit! My aunt and uncle joined the team and we started making plans for when they could all come.
I had happened to be in Michigan for a close friend’s wedding and was able to travel back to Haiti with my family. After a rough start due to lovely Michigan’s weather we ended up missing our connection flight and staying in the Miami Airport a little longer. We finally arrived in Haiti around 4 o’clock and we were welcomed by Brooke and Claire!
The adventure began as we road back to campus in the big tap tap filled with about 30 people and all the luggage on the bumpy Haitian roads. We made it to campus, had dinner, and I was able to introduce my family to my friends. In Haitian culture it is important to introduce your family to everyone or else someone will get offended. Everyone was excited to see my aunt and uncle, but were so impressed my GRANDMOTHER came to visit as well.
The next few days we all worked in the clinic. Uncle Dale hung our curtains, while grandma and Aunt Cindy helped count pills. They were all a huge blessing for all of us in the clinic, they were willing to do anything! Later that day we visited Chambrun and they were able to meet some of my favorite kiddos! Rose wasn’t too sure about grandma at first but grandma was determined to hold her! Everyone was excited to meet my family and we could not walk more that a step without another person coming up to meet them. All my friends were ecstatic that my grandma had made the trip all the way to Haiti just to meet them! I was very proud to show them all off.
Aunt Cindy being a fabulous assistant, she did not even pass out!
It would not be a full experience without the beach, and so on Saturday we drove up the coast to enjoy a restful day at one of the resorts. We had a lot of fun floating in the water, bartering for souvenirs, and eating an amazing lunch buffet. I could not have asked for a more perfect day.
The week flew by and before I knew it, they were packing their bags to travel back home. They said good-bye to 90 degree weather and hello to 30 degree weather with snow. (Now, who is the crazy onejQuery152010385055551674038_1363896352419? )
As I walked out of the airport I felt a rush of sadness and choked back tears. It was so much fun having them here and teaching them about Haitian culture, what I do everyday, and why I have not been able to move back to the states. Their presence here was such a huge blessing to me. It was a breath of fresh air that is much needed from time to time.
Church on Sunday