I have posted a lot of pictures from my trip to Africa in my galleries. The latest ones are found under Faces of the Congo. People – the reason to go anywhere is for the sake of the people whether to visit or to work. In some of these pictures you will see some of my best friends.
Find the picture of Isabelle. She could not get used to my name. Much to the chagrin of her parents she would simply call me “le blanc”. (Didn’t get the gender right either – but she’s only 3) By the end of the visit she did remember this strange mname of mine. Isabelle – la belle Isasbelle!
Her sisters are Claire and Karen. Claire was content to sit in front of the TV or with a book. Karen was always on the go “turbulente” as her parents called her. She was all over me, climbing, jumping, sitting on my lap. We got to be good friends.
Another of my favorite pictures is of a young woman about 15. She wanted to have her picture taken with the other kids who were hanging around the airport hanger when we walked by. No one smiles for pictures without a lot of coaxing or being caught unawares. It just isn’t “right”. She makes me wonder what the future holds for her. School? Marriage? First or second wife? Children and hard work in her garden? For us it seems a poor excuse for existance. For most girls in Africa that would be pretty good.