I finally broke down this morning and put a ring on that finger. No, not that one, the other one, the ring finger. I had always assumed that one day it would be someone else putting a ring on my finger but alas what is a single girl in Ghana going to do. So I am now married. At least for today. I have to decide before getting to Jirapa if I am going to tell the truth or if I am going to be married, or maybe I’ll just be engaged. Either way I think it would be so much easier to respond to some of the “attention” we get if I could say that no I can’t give them my number because my husband wouldn’t like it. Almost all of the girls here are “married” or engaged, but most at least have a legitimate boyfriend they can refer to……now, let’s see what kind of dream spouse I can invent for the next few months. The challenge will be keeping my story straight.
Today I decided to stick around Tamale instead of going with the other girls to their placement. I have at least a six hour ride tomorrow and the travelling is starting to wear on me. So it was off to the grocery store for my first big shop. I don’t really know what will be available in Jirapa or Wa so I bought enough canned goods to hopefully get by for a couple of weeks until I will be back here again for another big shop. I was quite pleased to find pasta, canned tomatoes, soy sauce, tuna, and some canned fruit. Maybe I’ll survive this after all! Of course I didn’t think to get a can opener until I was back at the guesthouse. I think I’m beginning to fit in here because I seriously contemplated not going back to the store because it was “too late” at 2:30pm! But hunger took over and I headed back to Melcom’s. They of course did not have one, but fortunately the other store did and so tonight I will eat.