Monday, August 15, 2011

{it's like being a show pony...}

This is what Christi compared being white in Gitamara to...being a "mazungo". And can I say that she was right on. Little children say the word with a smile on their face, point and giggle...mothers ask their children if they saw us...we are a novelty...and it causes me reflect on the way people in the U.S. treat foreigners...

Here, if they are talking about is most likely kind words of excitement. Christi, knowing the native language, said that when she finally could understand what people would say to each other as she walked by, they were things like, "Oh, look how well dressed she is!" and "Oh, she smiled at me! How nice!"

What words have I spoken in the past about foreigners...people I didn't understand. I wish I could say that it was as kind hearted and excited. I believe this is just the beginning of the things the Rwandan people will teach me...without ever even knowing it...

Much love, 
Emily Elizabeth

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