I am a bit of a celebrity here in Jirapa. It seems that everyone knows me or has heard of me before I meet them. And when I ride my bike down the street to the office the children follow behind me, waving, yelling “Nasalla! Good morning, Nasalla, how are you?” Nasalla is Dagare for “white” and I suppose some people might be upset at being referred to by their colour, but there is absolutely nothing offensive about the smiling faces behind the voices. So far I don’t mind my “status” as a celebrity too much, I mean, how many of you have had a child run up to the top of a pile of bricks and cheer for you as you walked by them lately? What I did find disconcerting the other day was one girl calling out “Sister Sandra” as I went by and I am positive I have never met her before. It happened again later in the day so obviously the word has gotten out. Fortunately I have a bit of privacy in that the convent seems to be off limits to the kids so when I need a break there is an escape for me. And here is my favourite part. I was saying to Susan the other day that if Angelina Jolie came to Jirapa right now I would be more famous than she AND people might even think she was me since we “all look the same.” Hahahaha, what a thought! Angelina being called Sister Sandra:)
My day today so far has been better. There were no ants in my food bucket this morning (like there were TWICE yesterday) I have been able to buy the paper and cardboard I need for my workshop, I seem to have convinced the girls in the kitchen that the fridge really does need to be turned on all the time, and I have had a bit of time on the internet. Plus, since I missed “Chocolate Thursday” I think I will do some catching up today:) Thank you for the encouragement Auntie Elise, that was just what I needed to hear.
Favourite site on the way to work: An entire cow strapped to the back of a motorbike.