Thursday, May 15, 2008


Women here are hard-core; they pull water from the wells (which I do for myself because it's fun/hard/a good place to chat with women) and then carry it on their heads home. I do not carry it on my head because-oh my god-do you know how heavy a bucket of water is? It's got to be 200 lbs or something; I swear I'd do it if I could, but I simply can't. Instead, I carry my buckets by hand, and as a result, instead of looking really, cool and strong and straight-backed, I look really spill-y, and waddle-y and wet. Sigh.

Women also give birth to 5+ children, walk for miles to get firewood to burn to cook 2+ meals a day, and still find the time to laugh and joke and welcome weakling girls into the fold with open arms and exclamations of gratitude. It's remarkable.


NIGER1.COM said...

wait a minute i just realised she is in Konni,( here )
I am from Konni
oh my god
i just sent her an email asking her to ask around about my family
i think the peace corps house is not even far from our house
I hope she will respond and we will correspond i can wait for her to send me Konni photos

Kerry said...

She is a few hours from Konni, but that's where the regional Peace Corps hostel is, so the next time she is there, in 3 or 4 weeks, she will get your message!