She had always been the shyest child,
Never straying very far,
She walked the straight and narrow,
Avoiding anything bizarre.
She chose a college close to home,
And did her family proud,
She stayed within the limits,
Never breaching what allowed.
With her degree in finance,
Employment offers came her way,
But when she made her choice,
Her parents protested in dismay.
"A third world country," they exclaimed,
"It's such a risky place,"
"For all you knnow, you'll disapp ear,
And be lost without a trace."
In spite of opposition,
She calmly moved ahead,
Got her passport, vaccinations,
With not a bit of dread!
"Your life will be in jeopardy,"
Her mother's chants rang out,
All felt she'd last, at best, a month,
Beyond a shadow of a doubt.
As soon as her plane landed,
A cathartic spell took hold,
And her true, adventurous spirit,
Was free, now, to unfold.
She thrived in this huge country,
With customs and cultures new,
Embracing all it offered,
And, for this, she was welcomed, too.
Carmen M. Henesy
Copyright June 2014 by Carmen Henesy
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