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where everybody knows your name

June 6, 2010

after going to church in naledi this morning i hopped on over to riverwalk, one of the main shopping areas in gabs. the plan was to scout out some gifts, and on weekends vendors set up stalls to catch weekend crowds and tourists. looking around i got to talking with two stall owners, bernise and esther, who i see a lot on weekend grocery trips. then i was off to buy some fruit at woolworths and was greeted by a lady i see nearly every visit. when i got home i was met by moemedi, one of my security guards and dioko, a man who does yard work and cleaning for my apartment building (whose birthday is also next week! he always asks me to buy him vanilla custard at the store. i haven’t yet, but this could be the time. that man loves vanilla custard!)…

after all this i was kind of struck with gratitude that i’m a part of a culture that values relationship the way it does. there’s an importance on knowing the people who are in your day to day life. while it’s not always like this – sometimes it can seem impossible to understand someone beneath the surface level, sometimes people are suspicious and unwilling to let you in, sometimes people just don’t care to know you. but sometimes they do. for me, it’s been a learned practice. to slow down and be intentional about getting to know people, to embrace potential awkward silences, to understand their story and hear about what makes them tick…where they’ve come from, why they are who they are. i appreciate that lesson from life here…

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. mom permalink
    June 8, 2010 3:35 pm

    What a wonderful life lesson to embrace at such a young age – you inspire me

  2. Cara Maddox permalink
    June 9, 2010 3:44 pm

    I like this!

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