Yesterday, some friends visited the compound to say good-bye. First we saw Russol, Veronica and Joy. Then Racohl Darius brought over some gourds and a basket as a farewell gift. O'Tim came by after work and helped put rubber washers on nails. He stayed to talk for an hour and told us about traveling to villages on his motorbike giving out meds for children under 5. O'Tim works for an NGO from Canada called PSI (Population Services International) that help treat children with malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia. I saw Lona, Rachel a teacher at the secondary school and Fatima who is a nurse that lives at the compound.
The evening was clear,dark and still. The African night was beautiful with stars and a planet shining brightly in the evening sky. Dan likes to name the star constellations for me and I will miss that time together where we have few distractions from the tv or phone. I will miss the conversation around the payat with the team. Sometimes we are in deep conversation and at other times we are joking and talking about our first meal we'll eat when we get home.
Yes, I am counting the hours before we leave, but I will miss this beautiful land where life can be a struggle but the beauty will stay with me always.