Labor Repose

Labor Repose
LaborPayne during her 6th homebirth (9th baby) at age 44

Friday, March 19, 2010

A Force of Nature

I went to the thrift store yesterday and purchased a used suitcase. Found the perfect one. My kids and I sorted through everything and re-packed it all in plastic bags. I learned the proper way to pack a suitcase for overseas medical missions from Miss Mattie. I went to her house yesterday to pick up medical supplies. We ended up visiting for an hour as she showed me the little warehouse of medical supplies and medications she keeps in her basement. She was a wealth of knowledge and gave me many wonderful tips about traveling to Haiti. She is an experienced traveler to third world countries. She is just what I want to be when I grow up. I long to spend my "retirement" years traveling the world doing medical missions. Miss Mattie is a force of nature. She even has a scholarship named after her, sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Black Nurses Association. It was an honor to get to meet her, and carry away two boxes of medical supplies. Now the challenge is to fit it all into the suitcase, and not max out my 50 pound limit. Thanks again to everyone who has generously donated. I carry your spirit of love and healing with me.

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