23 January 2009

These Are The Days...To Remember

Last night we had dinner with the boys from House 1 and 2.

When we arrived, Stone and Moses were making the chapati in the kitchen. (Stone relieved Martin of the duty when he saw that Martin wasn't making them as delicious as they should be. He then re-cooked each of those that Martin had done...I laughed because it seems just like something I would do.)

Moses was rolling the chapati, so I sat talking to him and Stone. Moses said "awesome" about twenty times in the conversation, so I taught him to say "rad", too. (He kept rolling the 'r' to make it "r-r-r-r-rad", which was really cute.)

The best part of this picture, though, is that Martin came by to take the picture and after the first one, told Moses (in Swahili) "you're not going to like that, your eyes are closed." So Moses asked if we could take another one. Cute Stone. He was making the chapati and said, "Everyone is leaving soon." I said, "I know, just about three weeks"...He said, "Oh! Let's not talk about it!" and quickly went back to cooking.
At the beginning of the night, Moses asked if I had greeted my mother. I told him I email her everyday. He said, "Did you say from Moses?" I said, "No, I forgot...but I can tonight." He said, "Blah, blah, blah." So, we called her instead. My mom talked to both Moses and Johnstone...and they were so excited to tell me everything she had said. They agreed that they would like to spend time with my mother, so I should "please bring her here" when I return. (Stone and Martin asked me about my dad and brother during class yesterday morning...and told me they would really like to meet them when I come back in August.)

(Side note: I told Dan, the taxi driver, that the boys talked to my mom and he said, "Does your mom like jokes?" I said, "Yes. She is the one who taught me to joke." (which is partially true...I know a lot of funny people that I have gleaned humor from over the years) He said, "Oh. I like people who like jokes...I think you should bring her back with you when you return."

Moses took a break from chapati rolling to take a few pictures. He turned to Stone and said, "I am coming" (which, in Swahili-English, means, I'm coming right back) This is the picture he felt he needed to take...
Flour galore when you roll chapati...Moses asked if I would put a hand-print on his face...
It was so clear: finger-prints and all...
Martin was trying to take the picture (like we do)...he finally figured out the alignment issue, but this was his first try...
Oh...and sweet Evans. The boys were singing for us (because the power went out for about 2 hours and we couldn't see our hands in front of our faces). They sang and sang and sang...then the house dads came in with flashlights (called torches, here) and we could see Evans dancing in the corner the whole time.
After dinner (chapati and meat, lots of biscuits and soda), the boys from House 2 packed in to the car to go home...
The laughter as they piled in was hysterical...they were laughing and screaming and chattering...it was very, very cute...
Daina and I came home to a houseful of Ukrainians eating a late dinner after their long drive from Sudan...so we decided to go in our room, close the door and watch The Office on my laptop. These days, movies and TV are more an effort to distract us from thinking about leaving than entertainment...I can't believe how quickly this will all be over...

3 comments:

Julie Hibbard said...

It was SO fun to talk to them this morning. I am sure I confused them when I said, "Good Morning" (as it was what, 7am here?)
They LOVE you. And they said you LOVE chapati. I asked if you could please bring me some when you come home.
I love the way he said he was wearing his "Los Angeles" shirt. SO dang cute!!
Oh, man, you are going to miss those guys.
Yes, your humor is from my side--no doubt DiLallo-related for sure....but you certainly have surrounded yourself with some other hilarious folk too. Even in Kenya.
Love you.
Cherish every moment there!!

Mama Oasis said...

Thank you for the constant love and care that you give these kids, Allison. I know so well that look that was on Johnstone's face when he didn't want to talk about you leaving. I know you know how emotional he is and how attached he gets. I can tell you from personal experience that those goodbyes are NOT going to be pretty. There is nothing sadder than the trip back to Nairobi.....

I love you! But, I will be waiting on this side for you....and I will probably be the only one that is going to totally understand how "homesick" you will be. As you prepare (with equal parts of being excited to be home and dread about leaving everybody you have come to love there) I can tell you that although the missing them never quite abates...the love gets you through and after a month (or two or three), you almost feel normal again.

I can't wait to see you, sweet girl!
Lydia

Peter said...

Nice pics... wish you could have met up with us in Cape Town. Hope it's all going well. I hear from Emmanuel sometimes. Say hey to Jeffrey for me. Miss ya. Pete