I’m packed. All my belongings safely stored: lunches and dinners and going-away parties properly acknowledged and enjoyed. Commiserating and bonding, laughter and past happy events duly re-experienced; promises made to reconnect in the not too distant future. For what is life but a continuum of interconnecting experiences and interactions. The purpose of life is to nurture a love for life, to treasure family connections, maintain friendships … and to pursue personal growth. Tomorrow I leave for Washington D.C. and ‘staging.’ Staging being a two-day experience designed to propel us greenbean PCVTs (Peace Corps Volunteer Trainees) into another culture. Stifling a choking lump in my throat I stand poised to leap into a different world.