Seven quick comments scribbled down as I sit:
- There’s nothing like a herd of cows stampeding down the hill behind you to make you pick up your running speed. My usual slow jog (comparable to a lumbering yak) became an impressive sprint this morning.
- Rather than utilizing traditional GPS to pinpoint my location when out running behind our house in Kenya, you could utilize the sing-song chorus of “How are you?”s and shrieks of “Mzungu” (white person) that follow me across the fields and past each little dwelling.
- Right now in the fruit market, you can find piles of tiny, delicious red plums. Their sweetness is enough to inspire crimes of plum thievery along the lines of William Carlos Williams’ “This is Just to Say.” Amazing.
- The advantage to the last-minute nature of any organized activity here is that it seems like remarkable things can still come together when you might abandon hope in another setting. Putting together a week of employee training to start tomorrow when half of the people have not yet been given official job offers, no hotel accommodations are booked, and most of your speakers are not confirmed and may not even know they are talking? No problem. It will come together.
- Regardless of your own organizational style, I bet one’s perspective on the last-minute, (non-)organization of activities in a place like this is an excellent test of whether you have an optimistic bent or a pessimistic bent. If you can stick with “I’m sure it will work out somehow”, you are fine here. If your tendency is to despair “this will never work”, you might go crazy.
- Our compound is rife with laundry crimes. Not so much the money laundering sort (as far as I know), but more the rampant theft of clothes pins, drying underwear, laundry detergent, and even clothes lines. I may take to drying my clothes under the cover of darkness or utilizing my room even when not necessitated by rain.
- I watched this charmingly illustrated interview with Maurice Sendak yesterday, and even though I am not an atheist like Sendak, his philosophy reaffirmed so much of what I want to embrace in life. I love his scratchy, ancient voice declaring, “I am in love with the world” and “live your life, live your life, live your life.” A reminder for me to embrace the privilege of these days in this beautiful world.