Thursday, July 17, 2008

Notes from a separate universe.

In the mail today, I got a little padded envelope from Singapore, with three cds inside--photos and videos from my son, the missionary. How lovely and how strange, to get a hit of six months' worth of my son's experiences in this very different place. Included in the packet is a little video of almost seventeen minutes, recording the "I can eat 15 pieces of French toast in 15 minutes" challenge (my son the challenger, his companion the chef). For the record, he was successful, and the film, despite its longueurs, offered its pleasures, too, such as seeing his long feet in their gold-toed socks, seeing a flash of his smile from time to time, seeing his humor and intelligence.

It's six months--six months, in which he began to learn a language and then went to a place where he'd need to be able to use it to function; in which he learned to live with a young man whose experiences, beliefs, and ideas about the world were very different from his own; in which he learned to love another culture and the people he met there. All the communications I get from him--and I hear from him each week--could not have given me the direct view that these images have given me. Here are a few of them.

Young man in a white shirt, between two monoliths.

Young man with a superior weapon

Young man whose brains are protected by a helmet.

The flora of an alien land.

And, the
pièce de résistance, young man shooting film while riding a bike,
which I'm absolutely sure is totally safe.


  1. I envy his crazy new life.

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  3. How cool that he can send videos! I have no doubt that you watched them more than once. He has such a smiling voice.

  4. could he look more like isaac??? holy crap! but how exciting!!! i expect to see those pictures up and around very soon!!! i love the first picture!

  5. what a lovely present to open and enjoy over and over again. sometimes, sometimes, i really love technology.



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