For me, it seems to function in two ways: 1. I underestimate the amount of time I’ll need to pack everything, and finish either just in time, or a bit late; 2. I forego sleep, only to find that not only is half of what I need to put in a suitcase stuff I can’t put away until I’ve used them the next day anyway, but also that I have way more room than I thought I would have.

One guess for which one it is now.

Of course, it is not uncommon for both to happen, and, “Whoa, extra space,” can very easily slide into, “Criminy, I’m brining a lot of stuff!”  It’s a little aggravating to not have my pilgrimage clothes here — having nothing but undergarments and socks in one’s suitcase isn’t exactly condusive to feeling prepared.  But really, it’s just me being paranoid.  Although there’s that other shirt that I haven’t been able to find…

So.  Pilgrimage.  Really, actually happening.  No foolin’.  This is not a test.  I would know, having taken three in the past two days.

But yeah, I don’t know what to say, or even what I’m thinking.  I mean, Mom’s been on pilgrimage before, Layli’s made a prayer list, and I…am on my computer at 4:30 in the morning listening to music on my iPod.  I should be doing something, like making my own list, or saying those prayers I forgot to say yesterday, or looking for those receipts that Dad called me about, or…I dunno.

I guess I feel a bit self-conscious about what all technology I’m planning on bringing.  I have my iPod for sharing my They Might Be Giants tunes, and for listening to on the flights.  I have my DS for something to do at x-thousand feet above sea level as well.  And then my cell phone, for just in case and whatnot.  Should I really be bringing stuff like that to Haifa, though?  I mean, I would love to be able to serve mankind by working with video games, and I guess they’d have some residual blessing from having traveled to Haifa, but…is it sacriligeous to even have them there?  That’s kind of what it feels like.  Maybe that’s society talking, though.

Hmmm…I could be doing very-very last minute laundry, but I don’t want to wake anyone up.  To err on the side of caution…

A lot of other thoughts I could expound on, but in the face of what’s to come, they seem fairly insignificant.  Oh, except!  My Japanese teacher wants to hear about the Baha’i Faith from me when I get back.  Just the thought of that makes me really, incredibly nervous.  I don’t know that I’ve ever really explained the Baha’i Faith to anyone with any great amount of clarity, and I can barely even explain things to myself.  He wants to hear about it from me??  I feel totally underqualified.  Where the “der” is what my mind does when I think about it.

Oh when the Skullivan walks in the moonlit night…

One Response to “Packing”

  1. Sam Says:

    Hi Khalil

    Pilgrimage is awesome, you’ll really enjoy it. Don’t worry about bringing your electronics, you can always leave them in your hotel room or on the bus. There will be some hour long bus rides. Also, while in Haifa eat a falafil. They are the best there. On top of the mountain in a strip mall near a McDonalds there is a place called the Best Falafil in Haifa that has the best falafils I’ve ever had. It should be near a place called El Gaucho which is an Argentinian steak house. If you have time try to find it.

    About your professor, don’t worry. He probably only wants to learn about the basic beliefs of the Faith, not a long theological discussion. It is also okay to say “I don’t know” if need be. Teaching the faith can be rather awkward and uncomfortable if you don’t do it often but if you do it is a lot of fun and really enjoyable. If need be you can practice with someone before hand and look into doing Ruhi 6 if you haven’t already.

    Back when I was serving at the House of Worship I guided straight for about one month and then took a week off to teach children’s classes. When I went back to guiding it was really hard to get comfortable doing even though I had been perfectly comfortable a week ago. Teaching is the kind of thing that it if you don’t do regularly you are right back at square one. Once you start doing it regularly it is really easy and a lot of fun. So don’t worry about talking with your professor. You’ll do fine with a little prayer and preparation.

    Enjoy pilgrimage. I’ll see you next semester and I will actually have time to hang out.



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