I laugh to myself thinking how my conversations with the local people revolves around talking about how the crops of maize, sugarcane and beans are doing and the need for rain to fill up the water tanks because until coming to Africa the desire to converse about such things have never crossed my mind. Well, to put it simply, until I came to Africa many thoughts, dreams, aspirations have never ventured into my little brain…
Yes, the ever evolving differences between first and third world living conditions is indeed worlds apart. From the high levels of poverty, low economic development, unstable governments, lack of middle class and on and on and on…I finally grasp what third world actually means after living in Uganda. However, learning, growing and choosing to embrace this new horizon that I’ve been placed in and among is a gift beyond words.
It’s been a test of patience for me coming to understand that people here move very slowly!! Just two days ago, I was at Mulago Hospital getting a new wheelchair for my precious, blind boy, Tusubira, who lays in bed all day. We had gone for the evaluation and assessment last week, but upon arriving at the hospital Tusubira’s paperwork, wheelchair and all his measurements were nowhere to be found, so we had to start from scratch again. So a quick pickup of a wheelchair turned into an 6 hour adventure of re-evaluating and fabrication of a new wheelchair. We made the best of the wait and Tusubira’s joy upon being able to sit up and move around in his chair after its completion was indescribable! 🙂
I could write out a whole laundry list of differences between America and Africa, but I’ll spare you the comparison because in my mind the differences are but a drop in the bucket when I see how generously and passionately Africans live their life. Yes, we had to wait 6 hours to pick up Tusubira’s wheelchair, but countless people just stopped and talk to us, brought Tusubira water and food, and took the time to generously give the gift of self. In my mind, Africans grasp the essence of life and take the opportunity to share, give and live life abundantly for others and that to me is more amazing than any electronic or novelty found anywhere else 🙂