“While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of man’s humanity to man.”

This morning is polar opposite yesterday’s. I forgot to leave the storm door open a bit so the button was stuck again. I whacked it a few times, and it gave. As I opened the door, I could hear drips. By normal winter weather standards today is cold at 24˚, but the front of the house faces east so the sun shines directly on the bushes. It was the ice dripping. My computer worked this morning. Life is good.

We got a bit of snow last night but so little that Henry’s paw prints go through the snow to the deck. I wore my slippers to get the papers, and they only had snow on the soles. I cleared my windshield and side windows using my protected newspapers, but there was still a thin layer of snow on them. The windows are now totally clear.

I have to go out today, and I don’t even mind. I suppose I could wait until tomorrow as it will be in the 40’s, but I have been house bound far too long. Henry needs a visit to the vets for nail cutting and his distemper shot so I’ll take him. I also need a few groceries. As for inside, it is time to vacuum. Henry’s fur is again in clumps on the floor. I wish he wasn’t afraid of being brushed.

My austere life begins. My hope is to get back to Ghana in 2021, fifty years after my Peace Corps service ended. I have to start saving money. This month I managed my first deposit to my empty savings account which used to be full and healthy but is now is a mere shadow of itself drained by so many expenses. My friends Bill and Peg and I will travel together. We had the most amazing time when we were there in 2016. I am already excited by the thought of going back to Ghana.

I watched a video of women from Northern Ghana singing I Can’t Keep Quiet in English and Dagbani. I’ve posted it here for you. I didn’t know a single woman in the video, but I know them all. They are my students. They are my Ghanaian family. They are the market sellers always willing to dash a bit. They are the aunties along the sides of the roads selling fruit or plantain chips and Guinea fowl. They are the village women carrying huge bundles on their heads. They are the mothers toting children on their backs. They are one of the reasons I love Ghana and hold it close.

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4 Comments on ““While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of man’s humanity to man.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    It was so heartwarming to read your declaration of love to Ghana and Ghanaians. I cross my fingers (resp. hold my thumbs) that you three can make it to Ghana again. (Not quite unselfish, I love to read your Ghana stories.)
    We live in a cold world and I don’t just mean the weather.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I need to save around $5500 at the least. I go first class because of my back, and that is around $3300. It is cheap once I am there. All the places to stay include breakfast. We usually skip lunch or munch on fruit. We ate Ghanaian just about every night though we did try the pizza. It wasn’t too bad. I spent a good bit of money on Christmas gifts.

      My friend Bill said that every day something reminds him of Ghana. Come hell or high water I’ll get back there and will do Coffee as often as I can.

  2. olof1 Says:

    I think we had sunshine all day here but no dripping at all. It will be a cold night because there are no clouds in the sky. Too bad because that means the ice will be thick on the car windows tomorrow morning. We’ll have cleaning days at work tomorrow and Friday so I’ll start an hour earlier, so I will be tired and cranky about that ice 🙂 🙂

    Have You tried one of those brushes that really are gloves? He will most likely only think that You’re patting him while You really are brushing him.

    I do look forward to more stories from Ghana too 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I actually have two of those glove rushes. He, of course, hates then and always leaves so I can’t catch him.

      Today is warm but cloudy and damp making for a raw day. I was going out, but now I’m staying inside. I’ll read and stay comfortable. Henry actually stays outside a while. He doesn’t mind the weather.

      Thank-I’ll be happy yo write then when I return. In the meantime, I’ll try to think of a few from when I was a volunteer.

      Have a great day!


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