I fell in love today – well, I fell in love yesterday and continued it today.  I think we all fell in love a little in the past week.

We said a lot of goodbyes (“kwaheri” in Kiswahili) today. They started at 9:30am and didn’t finish until 5pm.  It began with a stop at the elderly home and then to the orphanage and then to B. Hillhurst Secondary School for a mass and a little going away party that the students put together for us and unfortunately included a little input by the 10 of us.  Let me tell you how great our part was.  Perhaps we’ll include a little bit here.  No, it was just too embarrassing.  For the record, don’t ask us to sing the national anthem together. Ever.

The students sang and danced and put on a little “dramatisation” for us.  It was quite impressive to say the least. 

And then there was some dancing that we took part in.  Ask Joe about it. 

We split into our respective Forms then for some pictures and more personal goodbyes.  And then some more pictures.  And some more. 

Our day would have not been complete without a full meal cooked for us by the Mgolole sisters (for all of you wondering, if we look 20 pounds heavier when we get back to the US, it is not our fault).  Lunch was accompanied by wonderful conversation and more goodbyes.

Speaking of goodbyes, this will most likely be our last blog as we probably won’t have free access to internet like we do here in Morogoro.  Sorry about that.  I know how many faithful readers we have out there and we appreciate each and every one of you.  Really, thank you for your support and love and, of course, your comments through this whole experience.  We’ll see you on the other side…of the Atlantic.

Annie and Jenn


4 Responses to “Kwaheri”

  1. 1 Michelle July 20, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    “What is the feeling when you’re driving away from people, and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? -it’s the too huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” -Jack Kerouac “On the Road”

    Kelly I MISS YOU ❤

  2. 2 Marianne Grace July 24, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    Thank you so much to each of you for sharing this wonderful experience with all of us. Marianne

  3. 3 Ron Grace July 25, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    Marianne spoke the words for both of us. It was a wonderful experience for the SJU troop and I thank you for sharing it with us. I can not wait to see your group at SJU and espically Kelly. Spending the upcoming week end with Kelly and hearing all the day to day details of your trip will be a wonderful experience for me.
    God speed and safe trip home.

  4. 4 mezuzot May 30, 2008 at 3:23 am

    Mezuzot says : I absolutely agree with this !

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