finding calcutta

I am supposed to be in India right now. Instead, my step-brother Luke and practically-brother Jonathan are there.

l &  j
My plan to go to India was a big reason why I quit my job and didn't take another one, thinking that I'd be leaving the country for three months in November. 

But then I started spending a lot of time with these joksters and the thought of leaving them broke my heart. So I stayed.

g & g

The other day when I was blow-drying my Grandma's hair- thinking about what the boys were doing over there right now, wondering if I made the right decision- the phrase find your own Calcutta came to mind, the famous line Mother Teresa would tell people when they asked to join her in India.

Minnesota isn't nearly as exotic as India. And walking a fine line between granddaughter and elder caretaker doesn't have the same intrigue as living in a foreign country. But this is my Calcutta.


Stay where you are. Find your own Calcutta. Find the sick, the suffering and the lonely right there where you are — in your own homes and in your own families, in your workplaces and in your schools. … You can find Calcutta all over the world, if you have the eyes to see. Everywhere, wherever you go, you find people who are unwanted, unloved, uncared for, just rejected by society — completely forgotten, completely left alone.

Well said, MT. Well said.


  1. Awe what a great post! Such a great thing to remember when we start to think that the grass is greener on the other side.


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