Her conclusion was that my biggest problem was lack of sleep and that if I got more sleep I would feel better about a lot of my other issues. (Home-sickness, bad work conditions, boiled meat, lack of power and water a lot of the time, students who don't care about my effort, etc.) So, the doctor gave me some all natural sleep aids and so far I've slept pretty well the last two nights. I'm not too crazy about taking 3 pills a day, but whatever. She also had me take a depression survey that she is forwarding over to Washington. I don't think they'll get much out of that except a good laugh. (I was allowed to make comments out to the side of the questions.) I felt like writing: 'no I'm not depressed any more than you would be after eating boiled lamb for 9 months in a row.' All the questions were on a scale of 0-5 with 5 being the most extreme. I think the highest I went on any of them was 1. So don't fear, I'm not depressed, just tired and in need of a vacation. Only 4 more weeks of school to go!
Not all is doom and gloom. There was not one but two rainbows yesterday! One of them was the brightest I've ever seen.
And, in other news; I got a letter from my U.S. Senator Jim DeMint this week!
Now rather than just telling you what was in the letter I thought since it was short enough I would just re-type it here for you to enjoy:
As your United States Senator, it gives me great pleasure to thank you for your service in the National Peace corps during your time in Georgia. Words can never fully express the gratitude of our nation for your work to promote peace and friendship in other countries by your diplomatic efforts to improve other people's understanding of America.
Throughout your time of service, you have taken part in supporting American principles, encouraging progress and development, and enhancing the relationship between nations. As you have met and exceeded high professional expectations and worked diligently to support our nation, I am proud to know that South Carolina can claim you as one of her own.
On behalf of the entire state of South Carolina, I want to thank you for your choice to serve our nation in the Peace Corps. Please do not hesitate to contact me if i may be of any assistance to you or any of your family in the future. May God bless you, and may God continue to bless America.
United States Senator
Now when I read this quickly the first time I thought: Wow. Thanks Sen. DeMint! But my cynical side just wouldn't let me keep that smile. I quickly remembered that it is an election year and Sen. DeMint is a douche-bag. So I thought I would use some space and write him a response:
Dear Senator Jim DeMint,
Thank you for your kind letter Sir. It is nice to know that you made one of your aids take time out of their day to not only look up the names and locations of Peace Corps volunteers from South Carolina but that you also let them use your fancy printer to replicate your signature at the bottom.
While I was so happy to hear that you and South Carolina are proud to call me one of your own, I can't help but wonder how long you plan to speak for our fine state?
As we all know you are considered by many to be the most conservative member of the Senate. How proudly you must wear this title. I mean Senator, you are strongly opposed to the idea that the Patriot Act in any way harms civil liberty. While you say that you support our troops you voted no on limiting their deployment to 12 months keeping them away from their families and in harms way for longer periods of time. You have a great record on wrecking our environment by voting against no less than 11 Bills that would help reduce our carbon emissions and protect our country's national wildlife. Congrats!
You so far have done nothing but reject funding for state public schools and testing standards, you've voted with nothing but the GOP on health care issues despite your own state's recommendations, you're against affirmative action and same-sex marriages, and against the idea that an abortion is a woman's right.
You Sir are truly a son of South Carolina! And while we may be a state that clings to our traditions, we do not need a representative like yourself to drag us backwards. What we need in South Carolina is a Senator who is willing to stand up for our rights. Our right to decent air to breath and clean water. Our right to good public schools free of hand guns. (Don't think I didn't notice that you voted to reduce the waiting period on those from 3 days to 1). We deserve a Senator who is willing to listen to the needs of the people not the desires of his own party. We deserve a better Senator than you.
Sir it is true that Hell would freeze over before I would ever vote for you. But, I would again like to thank you for taking time out of your aid's day and money out of the budget to send me such a nice letter.