this morning while walking the dogs I stepped on a rat with its head and torso chewed off. i think that’s probably good luck or something.
Lord let me return to Kenya where the sky is vast enough that I will not be breathing my neighbor’s negativity.
Breakfast is at 7, lunch is at 1, dinner is at 8. Tea is at 10 and 4. Breakfast is usually toast or fried pastries or crepes. Porridge is usually available. Corn flakes and weetabix crackers are always available. Goats milk is always out if they have it. Rarely there is bacon or sausage eggs, never much of it. Every morning I take 3 or 4 weetabix crackers and barely wet them in porridge or milk. I mix in 2 T peanut butter. It’s delicious and filling. Sometimes I take toast and jelly too.
At tea, Kenyan tea bags and instant coffee are available. Lately, there is chocolate mix too. Cream crackers are set out, and/or digestives and/or ginger cookies.
Lunch lately has been varieties of “American” foods. small hot dogs in buns, or vegetable or beef pizza, or burger-type things. It is all made here and doesn’t quite hit its mark. Rice and beans are often served. Cabbage and a tomato and onion and cucumber salad in vinaigrette. Lentils. Humus. Rolls. Pasta. Some combination of 3 or 4 options. Desert is watermelon or pineapple. I take meat if it is available, or beans, and some starch. No fruit. Sometimes I am bad and I take rolls. They’re soft and delicious. There is always peanut butter, marmalade, red jelly, molasses, salt and pepper available at breakfast and often lunch.
Dinner is a soup, vegetable or tomato usually. Then a protein dish and starch and a vegetable. Ox-tail, which is mostly fat. A beef chili. Lentils. Beans. It varies. Desert is pineapple or watermelon, or sometimes a cake and custard or something fun like that.
There is never enough food at any meal, and it is first come first serve. Generally some people skip breakfast because they are too tired or don’t like to eat that early. Breakfast is my favorite meal. At lunch and dinner everyone is present, and people queue up immediately as the food is put out. I don’t usually take dinner.
Caro Emerald, Hayes Carll, Natalie Walker, Damien Rice
Go Africa Go
I wake when the moon is red and shouts from the Eastern sky. I am washed and dressed by dawn. I read until I take breakfast at 7. I work or attend class in the morning, and take tea at 10. At 1 we take lunch. We will walk or meet with the children in the afternoon. I take tea at 4 if I am at the compound. I work or exercise before dinner, which I seldom take. I sleep by 10. I am never coming back.
As I type my fingers sting from the burst blisters on my fingers that came from rowing through crocodile territory through the Kerio delta. As I type a bat flutters in circles overhead around the bare bulb light. As I type I hear the rhythmic incessant beating of goatskin drums as the native Turkana people celebrate the moon just outside the walls of our compound.
I am in the right place.