Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Obama takes the cake, hope for hope!
This is the one van in and out of my village
Witi, Me, Mama Witi and my baby Heverittie :) Yeah, I'm tired!
Making banana pancakes,
well I will be when the load of nanners I chopped from my tree are ready to eat in a few days. I guess I gotta wait for them to chill out and soften up in a bag for a few days!
No sad news this week. I’m going to keep this update short, sweet and happy because that is how everything should be.
I have seen the most beautiful stars of my life the last few nights. I have eaten a lot of fresh tomatoes that almost taste like my dads…almost! I have made real coffee, not instant garbage, and it is WONDERFUL. I created a collage of pictures and letters and all things wonderful that everyone is sending me and I hung it up to smile at everyday. I got the best letter from my Grandma, with a picture that Annette took a few St. Patty’s Days ago (a picture that I didn’t want her to take and now I am soooo grateful she took it)! My lettuce has started sprouting. My green pepper plants are stellar and so is my lone stalk of corn. My avocado tree refuses to bear fruit, but we have been having some chats and I think that it might give me one, just one rich and nutty little morsel of joy.
I met with the Mwalimu Mkuu (principal) of the primary school and have a whole slew of projects to start working on when the rain comes, it’s so funny but we are all waiting for the rain to come! That’s so to the root of life, just waiting for the rain. Really? I love it. I love life.
I miss my family, neighbors, friends, lovers, roommates, my old everything, but I wake up to the sound of chickens and birds of all manner and I know that I would not be happy being anywhere else but here. Really, it’s true.
Peace Corps came to my site the other day and it was really strange having visitors. I didn’t do a great hostess job, but I answered all of the questions of Novatus (who speaks English) in Kiswahili and he laughed and told me he was impressed. Haha, let me just pat myself on the back a little more.
Mama Witi is doing good. We went to her farm last week and I dug around and picked some leaves and water some potatoes and my village thinks its crazy that I went to the farm. It seems that anything that I do that they would do on a daily basis is totally mind blowing. Whatever, I’m white, I speak your language, I have working hands and feet and I can do your work. Does that make me an anomaly or a threat? Who knows.
Halloween has come and gone and I’m glad it’s over. I went to the disco and had too much fun, and the next day Tara and I took over the kitchen at the hotel in Njombe and made ourselves a huge fruit and veggie salad and sat on the roof getting sun burned and pigging out. It was wonderful!
Everyone in my village is doing good except for the people who are dying of AIDs and Anita, my little buddys Heveritte’s best kid friend. Anita fell off the back of a bike a few weeks ago and now her leg is broken and she can’t move until January. My heart is only so big and can only bleed so many tears feeling bad for everyone so I gave her some candy and I gave her mom and bunch of tomatoes to say sorry and I’ve made peace with it all. What else can I do?
That’s my life!
I think I am going to hibernate in the village for a few weeks until I venture off for Thanksgiving so this will be the last update for a little while. I want everyone to know that I am full of nothing but love and peace and send it with a smile and little bit of sunshine right to your door, just look for it and it’s there.
P.S. Rode the bus to town this morning with a woman who was in labor and then a Tanzi told me that Obama won the election! WooHoo! I am so happy! Also, got a random package from Sister Young from Detroit....thanks! Love the art supplies and candy
ALSO, I got a great e-mail from this fair trade company called Global Sistehood the website is: www.globalsistergoods.com Check it out, I'm trying to hook them up with Tanzi Kitenge fabric...! The owner of the companry is a RPCV from Namibia!