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Wednesday, 27 January 2010

When the Sun and Earth Collide

Nostalgia. I woke up this morning to it humming and singing in my mind. All the bits of precious memory that accompany it, the things you swear at the time you won't forget. A voice, a feeling, a scent, a play of light or shadow, a rare moment. The things that leave their mark on you.

We spent five weeks in Sri Lanka and while it wasn't necessarily a vacation, it was probably the journey that so far has made the hugest marks on our hearts and lives. Every day, along with the absolutely unreal beauty of this small island in the Indian Ocean, we were faced with challenges. There were many mornings when we sat over breakfast, smiled at each other and said "We can get through this or that, we've lived through worse things already." It didn't stop the butterflies in our stomachs but along with the challenges, was so much joy. So much. And also along with the butterflies was excitement as well, anticipation, and adventure. I'm sure there is nothing really worth doing that doesn't throw your mind into some sort of turmoil of emotions.:)

Because of this feeling of nostalgia I thought I would do something I never do, add a couple of photos for those who are curious and who haven't seen the absolute legion of them I have posted on facebook. So, here I sit, drinking peppermint tea while William sleeps, trying to avoid looking out the window at the miserable rainy/ snowy/ icy (Yes, all three seem to be possible here in Norway at the same time.:), day and remember warmth of both people and place; beauty and chaos; Colombo where stunning mansions were side by side with bombed out homes and buildings, where the churches were surrounded with cement walls with shards of broken bottles and glass stuck in them, where flowers were fragrant and vibrant; Buddhist temples and shrines; and my own feelings while there as well.

Drinking in the beauty. Trying to make sense of the differences all around me. (Which were numerous and extreme and sometimes mind boggling.) Eating too much fish curry and bakmi goreng and fresh mango. The relaxing of the spirit and body that the tropical warmth inspires. The wonder at seeing elephants and monkeys (and thank the good Lord, no spiders) in the wild. Taking advantage of the moments. Every last one.

So, carpe diem and enjoy.:)


Sesselja said...

Ah, thanks for the glimpses of your time in Sri Lanka. :)

Ine said...

Oh my gosh, what a cute boy!! He is absolutely adorable!! Look at that head of hair!! And he's only about 4 months old on these pictures, right? You are lucky, lucky parents!

Thank you so much for sharing your pictures, needless to say I have been very curious! ;) Keep 'em coming!

Anonymous said...

love your photos, Colleen!! They show such a special atmosphere, so tropical, relaxed, full of colours. And William is so cute.
(But now i wish to see the contrast in your icy snowy Norway :))

Olga Marie og Jan Henrik said...

Herlig! Og Asia er fabjoluss! Pluss at dere fikk en nydelig liten sønn =)

I går snakket jeg med hun ene som driver Pastabakeriet (kafe i Sandnes) Hun har adoptert sine barn (de er voksne nå så det er lenge siden), og fortalte om den fantastiske reisen de hadde da hun og mannen var i Sør Amerika og hentet dem. Opplevelse of a lifetime - og tenk, dette skal dere få oppleve på nytt igjen! =D

Colleen said...

Thanks Ine, Sesselja, Marlies and Olga Marie! Glad you enjoyed them.:)
Sesselja and Ine, I am dying to see your pictures within the next few months!! Ine, just think, next week, you'll be in this breathtaking, fascinating place! Ahh, I am so happy for you!
Marlies, I totally agree that they convey a special atmosphere. They really do convey a sense of Sri Lanka and the beauty there. I'll have to show you some pictures now that we are home! We have a couple (hundred thousand.:)
Olga Marie, that's really interesting and definitely something a person would always remember with joy!

Michael Khatcherian said...

Thank you Colleen for sharing these special moments with us.William is just adorable and the photos made me feel the warmth :-)

Colleen said...

Thanks Michael! Such a huge part of joy (any joy I think) is sharing it with others!:)
I know that for us, seeing how excited and happy other people were for us when we shared our news made us even more appreciative and joyful of the huge blessing that is William as well!

Sesselja said...

I love you new profile picture!

Colleen said...

Thanks Sesselja! Isn't it exciting and moving a amazing (and every other good adjective I can think of!) to hear how things are for Ine and Mats now?!:)

Janet said...

Hey girl!
Thanks for all the pictures... although I am one of those people who spends inordinately large amounts of time on Facebook and so have seen most of these pictures before... it is always a pleasure to read what you have to say :o)

Love you girl... and I'm still waiting on the news of when you'll write your first book ;op

Colleen said...

Oh Janet my darling, you and your mom say the same thing to me...always the horrendous peer-pressure to write a book! Don't you know I'm too lazy??!!:) Haha!!:) Maybe I will someday...I feel like there is so much more to write, I didn't write nearly as much as I meant to or should have in Sri Lanka. But I guess anything is better than nothing.;)
I'm so glad you enjoy my photos too Girl...I had no idea you used facebook that much. No idea at all.;)
Love you!

Anonymous said...

Oh Colleen, beautiful beautiful thoughts...Judi

Colleen said...

Aw, thank so much anonymous Judi.:)