It’s been a little over two weeks since we’ve arrived from our trip to Atata Island and it took a while, but I think I’m finally getting back into the swing of things. I guess you could say that post-Tonga depression hit us all pretty hard. The recurring lunchtime conversation topic is always Tonga and how much we all miss it. I miss everything about the trip – the delicious food, the beautiful scenery, the rich culture, and, most especially, the people.
We may have all been guests on that island, but while I was there, I felt so accepted and protected in ways that I had never felt before. There on Atata, everyone watched out for everyone unlike here, where it seems to be that everyone is out for himself. During our work-filled afternoons, we all looked after one another. We always made sure everyone took enough breaks and drank enough water to sustain them through the tropical heat.
I think that’s what I’ll miss most – the accountability we had for each other. As much as I would like to recreate that here, Canada just has a different environment with different dynamics and a quicker pace, very different from Tonga, slow and easygoing.
I’m really looking forward to visiting in the future. I can’t wait to see our structure in use and to see the kids all grown up. Hopefully they still remember us!