“If things are getting easier, maybe you’re headed downhill.”

Mother Nature turned off the humidity switch early last evening and cool, dry air blew through the opened windows and doors. The evening felt glorious. This morning is the same, simply beautiful. The sunlight is sharp and a breeze is blowing. It’s a day to be outside.

My car got dinged in a parking lot a few weeks ago. The car before this one I had for ten years, and it got dinged only once. This car I haven’t had but a few months, and it already needs cosmetic surgery. It went into the shop yesterday to get pretty again so I’m without a car until some time tomorrow. On Sunday I filled the larder and bought bird and pet food so I’m set to be house-bound. Mind you, I’m not complaining. I’m happy to be stuck here. You know how much I love not getting dressed and sitting around in my cozy clothes. I’ll do the usual wash up and tooth brushing and maybe I’ll even comb my hair.

My trip is less than three weeks away. I have my visas, the luggage I bought last year, mosquito wipes, anti-malarial pills and a full iPad of books. The only thing left is new underwear. My mother would be pleased.

I bought pencils, sharpeners and crayons to take with me as gifts for the local primary school in the village where I’ll be staying. Guests should never come empty-handed. Franciska, with whom I’m staying, has yet to leave the US for Ghana. She wants to be there ahead of me so she can tidy up her house and clear the yard of grass and weeds. It’s been two years since she was last home.

It still amazes me that I am back in contact with all these former students of mine, and that over the years they never forgot me just as I had never forgotten them. My memories of those days in Bolga are bright and vivid, and they have always brought me joy.

Soon enough I’ll be making more memories. I feel ever so lucky though Franciska would say I am blessed.

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6 Comments on ““If things are getting easier, maybe you’re headed downhill.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Grey and rainy here and the humidity will rise to 100% tonight. It won’t be that bad since it also will be a bit chilly. There’s few things worse than high temperatures and high humidity combined.

    I rarely mind getting stranded here at home either 🙂 it can be a bit annoying if I really need to work due to a coming high bill 🙂 To be honest, I can stay at home for a couple of months without getting panic but any bill can make me irritated 🙂

    I do hope she has someone at home helping her with her home while being away. I can just imagine how that garden would look otherwise after two years 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.


    • Christer,
      Today was another good day. It got a bit warm in the afternoon but right now it is cool and will be perfect for sleeping.

      I loved the laziness of today.I watched beach volleyball at the Olympics, read and took a nap. Perfect afternoon!

      She never mentioned if anyone was taking care of her house. There are no lawns the way we have here, and she didn’t have a garden so it is just high wild grasses. I’ll know when I get there I figure.

  2. Bill S. Says:

    What does she do with the house while she’s away? I think it’s highly unusual that a Ghanaian would have two homes, one of them empty. Maybe her family members use it.

    I expect a full report and photos of your trip. Will you be able to access the internet while there? Life in Bolga would have been a lot different for us in 1970 if we had had the internet. Better??–I didn’t say that.


    • Bill,
      Franciska has an apartment here in Cincinnati. She hasn’t ever mentioned anyone living there, but I can’t imagine it would be vacant. The house sounds city rather than village as it has air-conditioning.

      There are one or two internet cafes in Bolga and Franciska has a computer so she might be connected as well. I didn’t ask her but i did presume she has a modem.

      I’m happy we didn’t have internet: no skyping parents every week and no phones to call whenever we wanted so we probably got over homesickness faster. At first, I’d write a letter and dump all my feelings in it and then I’d tear the letter up because writing my feelings down made them less painful. After a while I had no need to do that. I was fine. I can only imagine what the sound of my parents’ voices would have done to me when I was adjusting to pretty much being by myself in Bolga with Emma ignoring me and Patrick on the road. It’s funny as in odd because I got to a point for a while when I thought company was an intrusion on my private time. I finally found a balance.

  3. Bob Says:

    When my car was new, 13 years ago, I always parked far away from anyone else and considered the walk good exercise. It didn’t get it’s first door ding until it was almost ten. Now I don’t really care because the few door dings match the recent hail damage on the hood and roof. I collected a nice sum of money from the insurance company from the hail and I am saving it to go towards the purchase of it’s new replacement in a couple of years. Then I will get healthy by parking miles away from everyone else.

    Today was only 102, but the humidity was up because there were scattered thunder storms in the area. No luck again my yard is as dry as a bone.


    • Bob,
      I was the same way with my first new car, a very inexpensive Toyota Tercel. After it got its first ding, I didn’t care as much.

      This car is really my first good new car so I’m getting any and all dings fixed!

      After just four days of that horrid humidity, I have a taste of what you get every day. It is horrid!


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