Thursday, October 13, 2011
We sponsor a child here at the school and I was able to take him shopping a couple of days ago for a backpack, shoes, and some clothes. That is another story... white woman bargaining with local shops for goods. I imagine I didn't get the best price. ANYWAY - today I got called up to the office and his mother had brought me a thank you gift of a "popo". I think it is a breadfruit, but I am not sure and gave it to the cook here to prepare for tomorrow. I'll tell you about how it is later. Pretty amazing to get a gift from a desperately poor widow with 5 children, I wanted to hand it back and give her all my cash too. But I graciously thanked her so as not to embarrass her or myself.
Another little joy was to be invited over to Peter's home to meet his family. Peter is the Clinical Officer at the clinic. He is not really a full medical doctor - so I guess he is more like a Physicians Assistant in our system. He is a lovely guy, with good clinical sense, a great work ethic and a quiet, kind manner. We got to meet his wife and mother and his child Shadrack. I asked if the next two kids would be Meshak and Abendigo (a little old testament joke for those of you paying attention) Peter said, "God willing!"
I have to admit - I am in awe of Peter, and what it must take to get to work each day. I am going to buy him a bike as I leave, as a thank you present for his gracious hospitality.