I wanted to share a bit of what I have been completely blissed out on these past two days. These are only iPhone pics but that is because I didn’t want to overwhelm them with the big camera until they were a bit used to my face. I must tell you I am completely smitten by these gorgeous children. The village is filled with them, calling out “Mazungu!” (thanks Shelly!) – their term for a white person. Some come running up, full of smiles and wanting to hold my hand or touch my white skin. If someone has already claimed both hands, and arm or a bit of my shirt to hold onto will do. Some approach smiling shyly but when I turn to say hello they scamper away giggling. Others- young babies mostly- simply cry when they see me.
As we are still working on the project and the kids haven’t yet moved in, I have been spending time with some of them in the village and also at the orphanage right next door. Yesterday I posted a video of children singing on Instagram. (kimberlytaylorimages) Front and center was Vanessa- a child that I was determined to get to smile at me, even if she was only 3- the cursed potential crying age… I returned today as the children had performed at church and said that they would sing for me while I recorded them with my camera. It was beautiful- those sweet voices singing about their belief in Jesus, so pure and genuine. Afterwards they organized a
soccer football match for me to watch, and while they were organizing teams the girls taught me some foot games and hand games- like we did as children (tell me you remember “miss mary mack mack mack all dressed in black black black…). These games however were done in Lusoga, so I didn’t understand a word. I am finding that I wish I could speak the language as I can only imagine what those cheeky children are saying about me knowing I haven’t a clue!
So Miss Vanessa found her way to me this afternoon while I sat watching the match. I tried not to pay too much attention for fear of scaring her off. Before long, however, she had made her way to my lap, where she promptly fell asleep. Bliss I tell you, pure bliss.