Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Educators’ Insights on Culture Shock, Identity and Pedagogy
Interplay 1: A “Subject” in Motion
A “Subject” in Motion
For an instant he was overcome with surprise: then since he was moving quickly and knew that he was getting somewhere, all his fury and fear left him.
Flannery O’ Connor (1995) from The River
With every step I took down the airport ramp, I got a sinking feeling in my stomach. I had no idea whether I could keep moving forward or if gravity would snap me back to where Mama and Daddy waited to catch a long last glimpse of me before I disappeared into Africa for the next 2 years. I just kept picturing a passage in my sixth-grade science book: “An object in motion will remain in motion unless acted upon by an outside force,” and I hoped to God an outside force wouldn’t act upon me until after I could collapse into my airplane seat.
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