This is my seventh visit to Uganda. I always experience something new each time. Last night I ate byenda. That’s cow intestines. I think that it was a test to see if I would like it. Everyone gathered to see the muzungu eat it for the first time. It was rubbery like calamari and tasted like liver. I wasn’t to thrilled to eat the digestive conduit for cow shit. I was a good boy and ate everything that was on my plate. It was so memorable that I will remember not to eat it again. I was contemplating eating a pile of dog crap to get the bad taste out of my mouth.
I am always amazing at the well-behaved children here. Aliyah is my new inspiration. She is a seven year old girl who was adopted by Maurice’s family. Adoption here is not a legal term. It’s simply the act of taking care of a child who has been abandoned. Aliyah was found as a baby in a garbage dump. I see how joyful she always acts. She also is a great help around the house. She does it to be an active member of the household. This morning I watched in humble wonder as she hand cleaned the tile floor, swept the yard of debris, and inspected the rice grain by grain while she helped prepare the evening meal. How many American children would voluntarily act like Aliyah?
Maurice left for his huge concert in Chad last night. I decided not to go. The concert will be on Saturday at the largest stadium in the capital city. It seats 30,000. I know Maurice and the band will impress everyone they meet. Get on the Maurice train!
I have now moved to my home in Uganda at Fred Mutebi’s house. I got to see my “brother from another mother” for the first time since October 2008. It was so good to see him and his family. I finally got to meet his children, Stephanie and Michael. That’s right! Fred and his wife named their children after me and my beautiful wife. It’s an incredible honor. I hope that I can be a good example for my namesake as he grows up. I’m really looking forward to spending more time with them.
It’s time for me to move on and continue to be blessed by Africa.