joy magnetism: Saving the world

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Saving the world

Magnet #188 - Peace Corps

Growing up, my only exposure to the Peace Corps was really Steven and Elyse Keaton on Family Ties, two hippie Peace Corps volunteers, settled down to raise their three kids somewhere in Ohio.

So when my baby sister decided she wanted to volunteer for the Peace Corps, it took me a bit to realize she was serious.

She ended up going to Uzbekistan, for several months, but the Corps got evac'd in short order. While she was sad to come home, the entire family breathed a sigh of relief that she was actually coming back. I don't think my parents actually slept easy the whole time she was away.

Last Saturday, we saw her off again, our little rolling stone. Off to save the world in another capacity - an internship in Nepal, as part of her second year of grad school to get her MSW - Masters of Saving the World. Ok, really, it's Sustainable Development - basically teaching third world countries to help themselves.

Where all this very admirable do-gooding came from, I haven't a clue. I kinda blame my mom, though. When we were little, every time she'd ask us to do something, we'd all complain and she'd yell at us, and say, "I'm not asking you to save the world!"

Happy birthday, Julie!
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The Geek said...

Yay Peace Corps members!

So Happy Birthday Julie, from a girl very far away who doesn't know you, but respects the hell out of you anyway. :-) Hope you have a great day, and good luck in Nepal!

julie said...

what what? a shoutout on the magnet blog? gordon is SO jealous :) thanks for the b-day wishes (joy and joy's friends!)! i'm looking for nepal magnets this weekend in the tourist-y area of Kat. who knows, maybe there is one of everest with your name on it. hahaha.

joy said...

Oooooh, an Everest magnet with joy on it - wouldn't that just be the most superawesome?

Anonymous said...

Good luck to Julie! If I'd known you were going to Nepal, I would have lent you the Kathmandu tourist hat I got on my recent trek to the thrift store in Raleigh ;-) It sounds like it should be a fabulous experience.