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77).  Kelsey    San Antonio, Belize (January 2009)

In December of 2008, I led a group of 18 folks from Portland Community College to Belize in Central America to do volunteer service work, similar to the work I'd done there 10 months earlier.  After landing at the airport, we boarded a school bus bound for San Ignacio.  The bus was empty except for a young woman, who extended her hand to me and said cheerfully, "Hi, I'm Kelsey."  A college student in upstate New York, she'd taken the previous year off to hike the Appalachian Trail and was now doing volunteer work in Belize over winter break.


Kelsey worked with us 30-to-60 somethings for the next week and fit right in.  Towards the end of the week, as she and I were painting this map on an elementary school, she said to me, "Del, you remind me so much of my older brother.  He's my very best friend."  Aww... shucks.  Kelsey warmed the hearts of everyone in our group, including me.