Darfur Fast for Life

We fast in solidarity with the hungry and starving in Darfur and for lasting peace in Sudan

Wanda Shirk’s Journal – Day 1

July 02, 2009 By: Admin Category: Survivor Cast

1:30 p.m. Thursday July 2

Well — I’ve been up seven hours now and have consumed three cups of plain hot water today, and nothing more.

I keep thinking, “I need to get myself something to eat!” and then I keep thinking, “No! I said I wasn’t doing that today!”

Here’s a surprising incident: I’m teaching summer school, and this 9th grader named Mike has a correspondence school packet of stuff he has to do and I have to help him with if he has questions. So part of his assignment is to use the word fast in two sentences, once as a verb, and once as an adverb. He says to me, “Mrs. Shirk, what’s fast as a verb? Is it like fast forward a tape?” Wow! He really didn’t know what it meant to fast. I explained it to him. He follows up, “Do you ever fast?” I said, “Mike, did you happen to notice that fifteen minutes ago I poured hot water from that hot pot (it was a chilly morning here in the mountains of Pennsylvania) into my cup, and I didn’t add hot chocolate or a tea bag or instant coffee or anything? I’m just drinking plain water. That’s because I’m fasting today!” Then I explained to him all about Darfur, and why some people are fasting, etc. Quite the amazing coincidence that the word fast just happened to come up in one kid’s work today and we had a chance to talk about it!

I almost never have headaches, but I have a little bit of a headache right now, which I think some food would cure. But that won’t happen. I’m hanging in there so far!


1 Comments to “Wanda Shirk’s Journal – Day 1”

  1. That gave my chills…nothing is by chance. I am so emotional right now with what we are achieving, something so big with so little sacrifice from us. Getting teary thinking of you guys and this whole thing (no it isn’t because I am getting hungry lol)!