I’m not sure my spirit has arrived back from Africa along with my body. I can close my eyes and vividly see and sense everything there. It’s still very close. In any ritual or rite of passage, the final phase of reincorporation – successful and care-filled reintegration back into the community – is considered the most critical phase. I’m on this part of the journey now, in a liminal place now in Iowa with my family, then moving back into home and work in another week. I feel confident, but cautious, and very grateful.

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