Only 2 days left 😦
I am amazed at how in such a short time I have managed to feel so connected to a town.
Ukunda is so vibrant and busy. I think there are currently 4 wazungu here so everywhere I go I meet people who have seen me around town or even met me on a matatu!
The kids of KG1 were told that tomorrow is my last day. I am not sure that they all understood, but some of their faces definitely showed they did and were not happy! I was then treated to a rendition of this:
The basic translation is something along the lines of “we love our teacher with our beating hearts” needless to say I burst into tears!
And today we got to see how much they had learnt since I have arrived. When I got here, most could count to five but not write. Now they can all count up to at least 10, write up to number 6 and write letters a-d! I was so so proud of them. They were also learning to say “my name is________ and I am a girl/boy.” Which, in case you were wondering is “Jina langu ni Gemma, na mimi ni msichana” in Swahili, yes I learnt this, I am pretty proud of myself!
Both Madam Mariam and I were so happy, there was lots of “well done well done a very good class. Try it another day. Thank you Thank you, very much” which is sung to a tune and clapped along to as a ‘congratulations’ when someone has done something well. all about positive reinforcement!
I had my Kikoy in my bag today and was showing Mariam who suggested i put it on, great idea as it appeared to entertain the children! I walked to meet them for outdoor play and was met with lots of singing and giggling from them all. They thought it was hilarious that I would dress in one! I only had it wrapped round my waist but it brought a smile to their faces and that in turn made me smile!
I am a little worried about what will happen when I leave. Some of the children have become very attached to me (and me to them) Macdonald has some serious attachment issues which I have already briefly mentioned but it has now got to the point when he will only calm down after being separated from his siblings when he is sitting with me. Mariam simply does not have the time to soothe him so I can see tantrums coming next week.
I spent some of my day just taking pictures of the kids while they were playing, I just cannot get enough of these kids and their cuteness! So I can share them with you guys as usual!
Little Siti Baker had a bit of an accident today, it was horrible! One of the boys tripped her up (unintentionally) and she went face first into the floor, the tiled floor! I felt so sorry for her, she hit her mouth and nose which I am sure you will agree hurts! The only thing I could do was give her some water (which was tepid, and kinda salty) and pop a little bit of Bonjela on the little cut in her mouth! oh and give her a cuddle!
Now continuing my refusal to spend any unnecessary time with Ana and both Carla’s and my need to be away from the controlling attitude of Daniel we headed from our after work beach spot (which yet again had no beach) to a local Ukunda bar (which I am sure would NOT have been approved by Daniel) But it got us out of the house and into some more local culture. A culture I want to spend more time in (and will when I head back!) It was so chilled out and was really nice to spend some time with Juma and a friend of his too.
That is all for today, I have to sleep in prep for tomorrows emotional day!
Ok, after I said that was it, we get a rushed and chaotic Ana come into the bedroom saying “I have to go to hospital Nanis is in labour”. As a none family member, a vet, and knowing Nanis for a matter of days, she was the OBVIOUS choice for birthing partner!
Carla is a nurse, and I am the daughter of a midwife who took great joy in knowing details of her mothers work so I would say between us we know enough about the early stages of labour to try & speak with Nanis about needing the hospital! None of us wanted her to go all that way only to be told to come home again! But Mama (Daniels mum) had checked her out and in her opinion the baby was coming NOW. So off they went to hospital, Nanis, Daniel, Mama, Kazungu and Ana, who (and this is not just my opinion) should not have been anywhere near it!
Baby update to come tomorrow.
- Kikoy (kangaworld.wordpress.com)