The day I embraced the mosquitoes

Tim Guthrie, Alaska, 2014
Tim Guthrie, Alaska, 2014

As any other kid who born and raised in a big city – I born in Aleppo, Syria.With a population of 4.5 millions – it took me years and years to understand the nature, though I always wanted to be in unity with nature, as much as I can, because I still have a lot to learn.

Couple days before we officially started our program, Nichole had sent us a check list, I was so overwhelmed the week before our trip to Alaska, therefore, I didn’t open the list till two hours from our first flight… Oh mosquitoes repellent! I asked my friend Nico of what he brought as repellent? he answered me: “Nothing, I don’t want to kill mosquitoes”… I have been captured by this idea, even thought I had know that mosquitoes have killed the half of Humane beings during the history.

Our first days where rainy ones, and I was happy because I looked sharp that I made the good. But the day I joined a small group of us to walk at the Tundra, I realized the importance of the repellant. So, me and Nico were living on charity of our classmates, and we used of repellent more than others. 

But the good part of this short story, was we never give up going to the Tundra though it looked like we visiting the mosquitoes’ land. We have been captivated by the of the Tundra, and we realize that exactly like a spoiled kid we asked to go to the Tundra each night. Tundra has its own charm that I will write about on the next blog. But now let’s stay with Mosquitos…

I was amazed of myself and how I forgot about the “big city boy” , and embrace everything in the nature including one of my enemies “Mosquitoes”. And I learnt that as everything in our life, things take time to become, it depends on the decisions we make, and how we find a mid way between being “fanatic” by refusing to use repellent, and wasting the marvels opportunity to be at the Tundra.

Mosquitoes, symbolize all my fears and concerns, but the moment I decided to welcome them into my own world, they were friendly, most of the time. and I was lifted till the moment I was in unity with all the creatures, including my enemies, moreover I start defending them, when others tried to use lethal weapons to kill some of the mosquitoes such as their bare hands… 

So now on, I would respect my concerns but I won’t let them overtake me, I will open a space for new habits in my life and think differently, and never bother of some mosquitoes in my life. 

Tony Homsy S.J.

About Tony Homsy S.J.

Tony is a Syrian Jesuit from the Middle East Province, he is 29 years old and is the webmaster for his Province's website. After he graduated from University of Aleppo in Bio-chemistry department, he joined the Society, spending two years Cairo, Egypt, after which he studied philosophy and Arab Civilization in Beirut, Lebanon. He is currently a student at Creighton University in Omaha where he studies Digital Journalism and Computer Science. Besides studying, Tony spends time on photography translating to and from Arabic.

1 thought on “The day I embraced the mosquitoes

  1. This photo will always have a special place in my heart, especially because it will always remind me of such an amazing day and an even more amazing trip. You deserve the best that life has to offer, Tony

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