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Meet Real Life Alex, Part 10: The End of the Conversation

In between Operation Christmas Child countdown posts, I have been sharing details from my real life meeting with Alex Nsengimana, Rwandan genocide survivor and shoebox recipient. Today is the last post of the series. For this year, anyway.  🙂

Alex Nsengimama

First Thought

My first thought, as I recognized Alex eating his breakfast at Chick-fil-A, was:

 He's Real

Second Thought

My second thought, which I’ve saved for the end of this series about Alex, was:

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Meet Real Life Alex, Part 6: Refuge No More

In between Operation Christmas Child countdown posts, I am sharing details from my real life meeting with Alex Nsengimana, Rwandan genocide survivor and shoebox recipient.


This thought haunts me.

It was hard to hear.

It’s hard to write.

I imagine it will be hard to read.

Certainly, it was impossible to live through.

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Train of Thoughts 15: The Mountain Man

The Mountain Man

The Thought

On that Amtrak superliner headed west

somewhere miles before the Raton Pass,

I met a man whose eyes sparkled

when he talked and when he listened.

We talked about so many subjects from politics to aliens,

from fears (of tunnels and more) to overcoming fears.

The geography begged to participate by

sparking memories and sharing science secrets:

trees,

rocks,

glittering snow,

mountain formations,

dust storms,

plains,

icy ravines

and

wild wolves.

The Mountain Man had lived in

Alaska and Santa Fe

and now resides in Albuquerque.

He said Santa Fe is a great place to visit but not to live.

He suggested going to a story house there.

Something about aliens and forests and mystery,

sparking even more conversation about literature and adventure!

I didn’t ask his name

because I want to remember him as

The Mountain Man.

The Application

On a train or anywhere for that matter,

there is plenty of time for keeping thoughts to yourself,

but when you want company,

talk to – and listen to – your traveling companions.

They might just make your eyes sparkle!Sun

 

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Train of Thoughts 14: New York Diver

New York Diver

The Thought

On a superliner train headed west to the desert,

I met a man who dives for a living in New York.

A 1-minute dive

to check a prop on a tour boat

to the Statue of Liberty

netted him

$300.

The Application

I don’t know what the application is,

but doesn’t that make you want to be

a New York diver????

Open-mouthed smile

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