I’m back home and re-adapting to the sight of snow, the feel of sub-zero temperatures, eating cheese, taking hot showers and most of all, reconnecting with my friends and family. I miss both the work I was doing and the friendships I made in Burkina Faso, but it is good to be back. For those of you I haven’t seen or spoken to yet, I’m looking forward to having a phone call, grabbing a beer or giving you a hug in the next month. I will be keeping the blog going for at least a little while, since there are still many things from overseas I didn’t yet have time to share (I will also soon have some news of relevance to this blog.)
In the meantime, I thought I’d just let you know that I was lucky enough to go by and see Ms Paquette’s students and finally meet all of the kids who asked me such great questions – Vanessa, Shawn, Aidan, Rakesh, Nyden, Sasha, Jacob, Jeremy, Casey, Lea, Juliana, Damian, Alex, Brendan, Akshay, Annabelle and Maude – as well as those who didn’t have a chance directly through the blog. They greeted me with a great big Né y yibeoogo (Good morning in Moore) which made me feel right back in Burkina!
The kids had tons of questions and it was quite a challenge to answer all of them. It was amazing and inspiring to see how interested and energetic they were, no small thanks to the great job that Ms Paquette did connecting them to Africa in general and Burkina Faso in particular. (They could all locate Burkina Faso on a map of the world right away! — How many adults do you think can do that?)
After answering questions and going through the pictures, I shared a few objects I had brought back with me with the kids. I don’t actually know as much as I would like about the cultural significance of everything I had but that didn’t stop the kids from having fun with the masks and wanting to find out more.
Before I left, the students gave me my first Christmas present: a project that put together all of my exchanges with them in a nice report. It was really a great welcome back, and I hope I have the opportunity to be a part of that kind of connection again soon. Any ideas?
Take care and Happy Holidays!