here is my last blog entry from Africa:
today pepito decided it would be a good idea to open a jar of baby powder and then throw it at me. i had to tell him he was being naughty, but i was laughing so hard inside. the little ones all still have colds and so of course so do i, but it is ok. i gave vitamin c to all of them yesterday.
i went running yesterday with the older girls, and we talked about what we want to do with our lives and where we want to live and how many children we all want to have and regular things like that. they are all courageous and strong young women and i am proud to be their friend.
today we went to the market for a final shopping trip and bought some presents for people at home. we also- gasp- ate ice cream.
the kids taught me some more kwadam, now i know how to say "i love you and i want to kiss you" but i also know how to say 'i hate you and i want to punch you in the face' hopefully i never meet anyone who i want to say that to. i also learned how to say "an elephant sat on my car' but i forgot it before i could write it down. oh well, i guess that that is another phrase i will probably never have to use.
tonight we will make flat bread for tomorrow morning, even though i will have to pack mine and eat it on the plane. then mabye the kids will dance, they like to dance to african hip hop music in their free time. they made me a cd of it, so now i can rock out to namibian rap in ovambo at home.
i am going to miss them so much, the three little ones, my champion chicken chaser, and the older girls, especially the ones who i give voice lessons to. it is going to be hard to leave, but it will be nice to go home, sleep, eat sushi, and get rid of my farmer's tan.
i think that God has used me to make cozv a better place for the summer, and to be a good incfluence on the kids, but my time here has proved to me that i am still learning so much that will prepare me to work with kids in the future, and have empathy and compassion for people. i learned how to give and keep giving even when i feel so tired that i worry about falling over. i am so thankful for my time here and i will leave part of my heart with these children.