Something that I’ve found interesting since coming home is comparing different people’s reactions to the way I lived for two years.
When I meet up with people or they want to know about my experience, I really have no idea where to start. This makes some conversations awkward, because people just sit there and wait for me to give them a 30-second roundup of The Peace Corps Experience. Which is impossible.
So instead, I just let people ask questions, because it lets me know what they want to know, what they’re interested in. For the most part, everyone has the same questions. It’s when I answer those questions that I get the best variations in reaction.
Here are some of my favorites:
“What was your shower like?”
“I didn’t have a shower. I had a bucket full of water that I bathed with.”
“So… you didn’t shower?”
– 3rd grade class in Lancaster, Ohio
“She had a dirt floor!”
“No I didn’t, I had cement!”
“Oh, well, she had a cement floor!!!”
– Grandma, telling someone else about my Peace Corps Experience
“So, no power. But… what about… MUSIC????”
“Well, I mean, I had my laptop.”
“But after 3 hours the battery died and I had to put it away until the next time I could charge it.”
*look of terror*
– high school best friend
While looking at my scrapbook:
“Wow, you were the only white person!”
– my high school best friend’s mom
“Have you gotten super good at packing lightly?”
– another high school friend
One more quote, though a little off-topic:
“So I think I’m going to move to Vanuatu.”
“Because then I can come back looking THAT GOOD!!!”
– my awesome aunt
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