Saturday, August 18, 2007

You might be a missionary if..

You (or your Parents) might be a Missionary if...

1. You can't answer the question, "Where are you from?"

2. You speak two languages, but can't spell in either.

3. You read National Geographic and recognize someone.

4. You have a time zone map next to your telephone.

5. You consider a city 500 km away to be "very close".

6. You watch nature documentaries, and think about how good that animal would taste if it were fried.

7. You can cut grass with a machete, but can't start a lawnmower.

8. You speak with authority on the subject of airline travel.

9. You have friends from or in 29 different countries.

10. You do your devotions in another language.

11. You sort your friends by continent.

12. You realize that furlough is not a vacation.

13. You know how to pack.

14. Fitting 15 or more people into a car seems normal to you.

15. You refer to gravel roads as highways.

16. You haggle with the checkout girl for a lower price.

17. You don't think that two hours is a long sermon.

18. You have a name in at least two different languages, and it's not the same one.

19. You feel you need to move after you've lived in the same place for a month.

20. You cruise the Internet looking for fonts that support your "native" language's alphabet.


jennifer said...

Funny! I am rolling on the National Geographic comment.

I am so thankful that you have the light carefree attitude and share so willingly with us!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Judith said...

I so enjoyed your list. All through it, even when humor reigned, was such a picture of how you've lived.

When you get around to putting your book together, this would make a great "Other Commandments of Missionary Life.

Jackie said...

Ah, yes, my two names are Jackie and Ajisha. I can spell in english, but my spanish spelling is horrendous! Home...where? And 500 km is close, isn't it?? :-)

Anonymous said...

I'm sending this on to my friend in Mexico. She's gonna laugh hard!

Michael said...

Very funny list, and fun reading, too.

2, 4, 9, 10, 11 and 18 will all work for olim hadashim, too...

Glenn Bartley said...

"6. You watch nature documentaries, and think about how good that animal would taste if it were fried."

Mmm good, but I prefer most things broiled or sauteed.

This post made me chuckle. I also liked the line about recognizing someone in National Geographic. Great stuff.

All the best,

redneck preacher said...

I would send this to missionary friends but they all check your blog. At my wifes suggestion I am going to clip this out and put it on the back of the bulletin next time we have a missionary. I wish we could have them more often.


Dawn said...

My nieces and nephew are like this - especially the part about wanting to move every month. They just can't settle, and always feel like they're only temporary, and are looking for another huge adventure.

Webutante said...

Very cute!

Brenda said...

Add another one, if you were raised in a big city, Men walking around dressed in combat wear, with large machine guns seems normal to you.

RealEstateGirl said...

I LOVE this list and can certainly relate to so many of them!