Today has been a pretty low key day. I was going to do some laundry – I was trying to figure out how much I needed to wash to get me to Wednesday when Mommy will intercept me and I can wash all of my clothes at home 🙂 There’s nothing like washing and drying your clothes, lemme tell ya! Again, I’m grateful for the cold showers and the ability to machine wash my clothes versus a shower out of a bucket and hand washing, however, a nice washing machine followed by a dryer and a warmer than cold shower will be a nice thing when I get back to the states!
I headed to the office first, at 8:30, with Auntie Baaba; on the way, she said Kofi was going to come pick me. (They don’t use “up” here 😉 ) So, I logged on fast to Facebook and he was there. We went back to his home to print some pictures that I could leave with the people here, then he told me about his trip in China. Amazing cultural things over there – different registers for discourse, different ways of handling money depending on if you’re viewed as a “waste of time,” different attitudes towards black people, etc.
One difference in Ghana is – as I learned making the goodie bags for the students – there’s really no worrying about politically correctness because everything is accepted. All manners of religion, dress, etc. are all accepted and respected. There is no tip-toeing around holidays; if you want to give out a Christmas pencil, it’s fine. If you want to give out a …some other pencil, it’s fine – they’re just grateful for the pencil. You could argue that people in the US are too sensitive, makes them grouchy worrying about being offended all of the time – or worrying about if they are offending someone or not. People here are open, makes them free of the burden; they’re not grouchy.
Other than that, I’m a rock star here 🙂 People say “hi” all the time, little kids give me high fives :)I don’t know how I’ll adjust back to life in the US where I’m just a fish among the school.
Anyway, so you’re updated now. I tried to change my Facebook page, too slow….now I’m starved, so I’m gonna go see about getting a snack 🙂 I finally get to meet Rosemond tonight 😀 Then, tomorrow until who knows, I’ll be visiting her brother in Takoradi. I’ll catch you soon; wishing you the best!