As I write this, the sound of a lawnmower is filling my classroom. One of the gardeners is cutting grass just outside my classroom. I rarely see a lawnmower here .... The smell is great and makes me think of spring.
In the evening we had some friends over for dinner, and Joseph our guard, pulled a Radar O'Reilly... it was amazing.. If you've seen MASH, Radar usually once an episode says.. "Choppers" and in a few seconds, the sound of incoming helicopters fills the air.. no one else can sense or hear the oncoming "choppers", but Radar can... So yesterday we were all casually standing around the braai stand enjoy a beverage and watching the chicken burn over hot coals, when Joseph comes around the corner carrying the kids' toys, soccer ball, etc... He says to us, "the rain is coming"... we look at each other , look at the sky and kind of shrug it off. All of a sudden you can hear this giant wall of water approaching from the west.. In about 2 minutes, the rain hit our yard and we scattered inside.. I appreciate a man who is so in tune with his surroundings.
I went golfing yesterday…. and the caddy who was walking with me asked me where I was from… He has been a caddy for 15 years.. His name was Charles… I told him I was from America and he said.. “you know, you people from America are kind people. You are giving , respectful and friendly.. those people from Europe are hard people. they take things too seriously, they don’t smile and are hard… Life is not hard, life is easy.. why do they make it so hard??“ He then asked why Americans were so friendly … I told him it was to cover up our ignorance..
It's interesting that in a place like this, where poverty, disease, flooding, drought, sickness seem to be a daily part of existence, a caddy of 15 years who has 3 children and probably makes less than 60$ a month finds life to be easy..
Living here will change your perspective and makes you question if your reality/your perspective is the one that’s messed up..
In the end, I think this place is nuts.. or maybe we’re nuts.. I’m not sure yet.. I do know that this place sometimes feels so different from home, no connection between the two. That we live in two totally different places , two totally different worlds that in no way are alike.. except I can still watch football and eat chicken wings.. so i got that going for me.. which is nice.
Monday brings sunshine.. but there’s a chance of a cyclone storm hitting us this week.. That’s the talk of the town right now.. One extreme to another..