Somber In Africa

October 12, 2007

The girls have noticed that I am quiet this afternoon.

I keep reflecting on my time here at St. Monica’s, the children I have met and the friends that I have made. I am already mourning my departure. It’s a horrible feeling. And I’m on the verge of tears. But I am doing everything in my power not to cry.

I don’t want the girls to see me cry and to see how much I am hurting. It will only affect them now, sooner than it’s necessary. I need to put on a happy face and as if everything is just wonderful.

I hope I can pull it off. We have three hours before bed and I know my pain will only grow worse as the night moves on.

Wish me luck.

11 Responses to “Somber In Africa”

  1. Tracy Etheridge said

    Good luck my friend. Hang in there.. you are doing an amazing job! I love ya!

  2. Shoefreak (Cathy) said


  3. Desiree said

    Hang in there is right… These are the times in our lives where you have to put your personal feelings aside and “smile” … knowing the impact your sadness could have on the girls.

    Smile now and be happy… fall apart later when you’re home and have your family to comfort you. My thoughts are you with!

  4. JWT said

    (Hand raised high in the air) I volunteer to do the holding and comforting! 🙂

  5. Myla said

    Be strong, Rocky! I know you can do it. We are all hugging you from home. Jeff and all your little ones will be ready for you with open arms as soon as you get off that plane.

  6. Desiree said

    Jeff you’d better have those arms open wide for her… Rocky will need your strenght and compassion soon.

  7. Jill said

    Your hubby is so sweet! lol I am praying for you daily and I know your departure is going to be very difficult, but you have a house full of your favorite supporters waiting for you at home and all of us to pray for you! God Bless your efforts for such a wonderful cause!

  8. Amy said

    Rocky~My thoughts and Prayers continue to be with you today and everyday! Keep your chin up….stay strong! You are doing such wonderful work with these children! They will remember you always…the work will continue!! We are all behind you! You will not say “goodbye” to them..just…”see you soon.”! Jeff..You seem like such a wonderful husband! Blessings to you all!

  9. tarynjade said

    strength my friend, im sending you stength…and love. love you!

  10. Behzad said

    Rocky and Julie!!! I read the entries for the first time today and got emotional! What an amazing and inspiring story. Keep doing what you’re doing. Best wishes. Behzad

  11. […] my sadness for leaving and just how much I loved them all. She agreed with me when I told her that I could not go face the girls right now, because they would know that I had been […]

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