teaching, learning and living around the world
My dad pointed out that Lesley Gore recently passed away. “She sang “You Don’t Own Me,” one of the great feminist songs and one of my favorite all time songs.” It’s nice to be part of a family full of feminists.
I just started reading We Need New Names by . It’s fantastic. So far it’s about a cool pack of kids growing up in Zimbabwe. Bulawayo is hilarious and real.
When the Mikoro woman interrupts Prophet Revelations Bitchington Mborro with another song, he just keeps thundering like he doesn’t even hear her. For a moment their voices circle each other like crazy cocks, neither of them giving way; it becomes dizzying just listening until at last Prophet Revelations Bitchington Mborro says, I command the devil to shut up in the name of Jesus. When the Mikoro lady is silenced I bring my head to my armpit and giggle because she was making like God told her she is Celine Dion.
A PERFECTLY depicted NGO gift giving interaction:
Each one of us gets a toy gun, some sweets, and something to wear; I get a t-shirt with the word google at the front, plus a red dress that is tight at the armpits. Thank you much, I say to the pretty lady who hands me my things, to show her that I know English. She doesn’t say anything back, like maybe I just barked.…Hawu, MotherLove! Sis Betty shouts in a silly voice like she is coaxing a stupid child. Please come, bantu, can’t you see we’ve brought you gifts? she says. The NGO people hold out more packages to MotherLove, and the two white women even bare their teeth like grinning dogs. Everybody is waiting to see what MotherLove will do. She turns and strides away, head held high, the bangles on her arms jingling, the stars on her dress shining, her scent of lemon staying in the air even after she is gone.
Meet Teacher Agnes. Her teaching took my breath away. After her lessons, we talked. At the very end of our debrief, I asked
Me: How long have you been teaching?
TA: This is my third year.
Me: What did you do before this?
TA: I was a housewife for 14 years.
Women who serve in the military are inspiring. Period. (Proud to know you Megan Moakler!) I recently came across this WaPo write up that includes FARDC’s Sgt. Madot Dagbinza’s personal photo album. Read the whole thing here.
Happy Birthday to my big brother, Alex! I love your inventions, your ranting, your honest critiques of my work and most of all the times you incite noisy hilarity. I feel lucky to have a brother so easy to love and be proud of. Happy Birthday!