I explained to him that our weather got so cold we had snow, and that water on the road would freeze and become ice. He was surprised. "Oh!! Do people live there?" he asked. I told him many people lived there in the cold, and he then inquired, "How do you eat?" This is not a question I had ever considered, but for him, people eat what grows. His reasoning was that nothing grows in the cold, so how do people eat? Totally different mindset, nest-ce pas?
President Jean Rene came to our house a few days ago, and what he said really floored me. He told me that he and his wife had named their new baby girl for me because I was so kind. Seriously? I have never had a baby named for me before and was speechless. Humbled, honored, and speechless.
Here I am with my namesake.
Baby Susan is currently in physical therapy. During the delivery, the doctors pulled on her arm to help get her out and damaged/stretched a nerve that controls her arm. We hope it will recuperate and that she will have the use of her arm.
We have had a series of different couples visiting Bujumbura, each one involved with a different humanitarian protect. The first one was the Hunsaker's. They are here to establish an eye clinic out in the interior, which will be capable of doing cataract surgery. The second couple was the Langland's. He is a retired OB/GYN who is trying to set up a program to teach the medical community about neonatal resuscitation. What is kind of funny is that we discovered over dinner one night that his brother and his wife live about 3 doors from us in a new home on Ridge Top Circle. Small world!
The third couple is here doing a wheel chair program. They did this here in Bujumbura several years ago, and this time around they will be bringing 300 wheelchairs to donate to people who need them.