Last night Keke and I travelled into Wa on his motorbike to celebrate Thanksgiving with a couple of other Canadians and other volunteers there. Danielle made an amazing meal (although it wasn’t quite the same as Auntie Sylvia’s turkey and mashed potatoes, Doug’s gravy, and Auntie Sharon’s pies) and I was very happy to have others to celebrate the day with. We had a vegetable stew, some kind of local ‘cheese’ fried up, tofu kebabs, rice, a mushroom and some-kind-of-leaf quiche, fruit salad (my favourite!), fresh buns, tomato and cucumber salad, banana bread and fresh donuts from the Sisters at the convent. I will admit that I still can’t do tofu, but the rest was fabulous. Thanks Danielle!
I am more aware than ever of how much I have to be thankful for, both here and at home. I have been so fortunate to be welcomed in Jirapa and had my every need taken care of by so many people who don’t even know me. Keke, Nathalia, Sister Marcelina, Sister Lizzie, Constantina, and Patience, just to name a few. I also have appreciated the many friends of friends who have welcomed me in Wa, given me a place to stay, shown me around and even taken me to the bus very, very early in the morning. Danielle in Accra was indispensable in helping us adjust our first week and finding everything that we needed before leaving. And all of the Uniterra staff, both here and in Ottawa, have been amazing.
At home I am so thankful for the people who support me, even when they think I’m crazy. I appreciate all of the emails and texts and the willingness to take phone calls at odd hours, for listening to my concerns before I left, for helping me shop for odd items (like bug spray in September or cases of protein bars), for organizing a going away ‘drink’ and for riding through the rain to get there (thanks Ian!), parents, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, the list just goes on. I am such a lucky girl! Thank you everyone!