Tuesday, April 1, 2014
“After you find out all the things that can go wrong, your life becomes less about living and more about waiting.” ― Chuck Palahniuk
Today was supposed to be the first day of a three-day teaching seminar, but no one showed up. Communications being what they are here, this is not the first time that something like this has happened, but it is always a disappointment to plan and prepare for something that doesn’t happen. Today was also supposed to be Lusi’s first day back at work, but the widower who took her in is supporting her so well that we suspect she has no incentive to go back to work, so she didn’t show up either. The vet who was going to spay our dog did show up and worked on several other missionaries dogs and cats, but we opted to wait until we don’t have things going on and can take proper care of Sophie after the operation, so we talked the vet into coming back after Karen has left for the U.S. in a couple of weeks. We were also supposed to get real internet back today, but the as the local culture is one in which there is no virtue in doing things on time, we are still waiting. John went down to the telephone office and did what he could do, but the rest is up to them. For now, we are still without internet as we have been since December of last year. Maybe tomorrow, some teachers will show up. Maybe tomorrow the internet will be back. Maybe tomorrow the local stores will have the food we are used to finding there. Maybe tomorrow (“labda kesho” in Swahili) is kind of the rule we live by here. We deal with whatever today brings and maybe tomorrow what we expected will happen or maybe not. This used to drive me crazy, but I’m used to it now. Shaban did come back today from a four-day visit to the village of his wife’s family who agreed to pay for all the bricks that Shaban will need to build his house now that he has the land. If you don’t begin a foundation within three years of getting the land from the government, they will take it back, so he hopes to start on the foundation in a month or so. We also have a group of ten coming from the U.S. and the U.K. with some Tanzanians as well, coming on Saturday to learn about biosand filter construction. Well, maybe they will come. We will just have to wait and see, but we prepare as if they will. T.I.A. (this is Africa, after all).