Laos, money being stolen
Monday, July 26, 2010
11:46 AM -Walker
If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere... Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful
Today was my first break down, and that is an understatement.More like bawling uncomfortably.I went to check my money situation because we have just had to change currencies from baht to kip.For the first time in awhile I decided to check a pouch my professor gave me with $200 and a note saying "Danielle, for your journey! With love, Kim. Please save for your work to save someone or for an emergency to save yourself :)"When I went to check on the money, all that was left was the note, no monies.It broke my heart.
Dr. B (Kim) was my most influential professor, teacher, and mentor.I feel like I let her down in a way.I know I have no control of what others do, but maybe I could have been more careful with my possessions and locked up that money every time I left the room.
It's not the money that really bothers me.Money can be made and shouldn't ruin a trip, mood, or more importantly a relationship.However, it was what the money symbolized and represented.It was for a child who needed something, not a greedy maid. The only thing that can get me through this funk is to think that maid needed the money to buy her children food and books.That's the fairy tale I'm going to believe before I get severely depressed over this.I'm crying as I blog, this is ripping me a part.
Dr. B, I am so sorry.I will be sending pictures of children with the gifts from the money you sent with me.Might not be the exact cash you handed to me at lunch, but I will continue your love and charity no matter what.
I'm currently on a boat heading down the Mekong river, balled up, and crying much more dramatic than I'd like to be.