When I was on a plane looking down on my new home I was amazed, I saw what looked like little tornados and I actually did believe that was what it was. I saw brown color splattered all over Arusha. I was scared. From up above it didn’t look so good. I landed and it was too hot, but the air is what amazed me and first brought my excitement. It was different, far different beyond my explanation. The air was warm sweet and welcoming, almost like a hug! It is so hard to explain, but so wonderful. As I was sitting in the car on my way to my new home I was looking around and all of the colors of brown disappeared, I saw mountains, beautiful trees, many flowering plants and little villages with houses that were build out of mud. It was all beautiful. Nothing like I have expected.
I have a little girl that I need to take care of that I knew almost nothing about. She made it easier for me though, the first day it felt like we belonged to each other. We fell in love. She was mine and I was hers. For the people that know me they know that getting up in the middle of the night sure is tough for me because I like my sleep, but I had to start doing that because Happy had dreams and I had to reassure her that everything was ok. With a little bit of time passed I got used to it and it made me feel beyond happy beyond something that I can explain. Someone very little, very precious was depending each and every second on me and I love the feeling.
Electricity here in Africa is on 60 percent of the time. Our electricity is our warm water, our communication with the world and light at night. Imagine 3 days with no electricity. Yes, I was boiling water on the stove for our showers and washing dishes etc. There was no communication with the rest of the world though. In the beginning it was rough but then I realized I had a problem of being addicted to those entire social networking sites, so with no electricity came something good. It taught me that I can live without it and most importantly that there were other things God had created in this world that I should enjoy.
Water is definitely a gift from God. Sometimes there are days where our water pump is broken that it would not pump the water inside the house. Now that to me was the end of the world. A day without water is a catastrophe. I was never used to not having water. I love my showers. In order to have at least some water I would have to go and fetch water into the bucket and fill it into one of the big tanks that we have here. Even though then it was not good enough, the water was standing outside so all the dust all the dirt and all the leaves got into it. With time I also got used to my dirty feet and I got used to that sometimes there will be time with no good water.