My wife has become an amazing blogger over the last year. I, on the other hand, have not. My sister emailed me and let me know how much of a blog slacker I have been over the last few months, so this is a good occasion to break the slacker streak.
We have been here for one year. Kayla did a list of things she has learned and realized. I am going to copy her.
Where do I start? Everything has been turned on its head.
I love America, and especially I love Wyoming.
I also am quite fond of Uganda
but I am not fond of Kampala.
Cultural differences are ingrained deeper than I could have imagined or been prepared for
But people are people, made in God's image, broken by sin and shame
Goat and pig organs taste good, cow organs do NOT
I have changed a great deal
Grieving loss is a gift
My daughter is an African American, wow
I have learned, and have much to learn, about community from Ugandan people.
Ugandan men, when given the chance, are hard working
I miss my friends a lot
Having family visit has been a huge blessing
The Bible is not relative to culture, but living in another culture, I have understood more of what it says
Uganda knows pork, pork joints are the best places to eat in this country
Long greetings annoy me
I am used to long greetings
Koyzaio, Yoga, Gyebale, Mlembe; four greetings in four languages used in Mbale
The ingenuity of these people is both astounding and terrifying
a "panga" is a machete, it is not uncommon to see children carrying them down the street
a "timba" is piece of wood used for building
Living in an international community is a rare privilege
There are countless dialects of English in the world.
Marriage is cultural
Sunday worship is cultural
A lesson I learn over and over is I have a lot to learn
I am known by the neighbor hood as a mzungu-the white person
I have realized I have a knack for learning language
My son Micah is in his element here
Micah gets nervous in large crowds of white people
Circumcision is a serious topic in Mbale and I have been asked multiple times if I have been, very seriously.
Driving here is like a game of Mario Kart
I now negotiate for prices at the supermarket (grocery store)
Negotiating prices is a way to build friendship in this culture
I do not miss most American food
I will eat street food any time, especially grilled pork
Mbale's main cash crop is coffee, big perk
Most Ugandan's like Obama because he is "African" and do not believe it when I tell them he is for gay marriage and abortion
I no longer notice the perpetual smell of burning trash
I am looking forward to our visit to Wyoming this summer.
Thank God we have not gotten malaria
Africa time, annoying and awesome. When someone says " I am coming" it means I will see them in 4 hours or more. If they say " I am on the way coming" I will see them in 20 minutes to 3 hours. Being late is not a crime here.
This list should be to be continued. Thanks for reading. Kayla's list is better.