Today I decided to take a nice long walk from Fred’s house to Ndere Center. It’s a fantastic performing arts center that features the world-class Ndere Troupe. The grounds are gorgeous. It’s a great place to relax and meditate. My friend Annette is the manager. I surprised her with my visit. She told me about a new monthly event that they will be hosting at Ndere Center called World Music Night. They gave me an invitation to the performance on Thursday evening. I’m planning to attend and also invite Maurice Kirya to join me.
The best part of my day was the walk back. I was almost at Fred’s house when I heard my name being called. “Michael. Michael. Michael.” I looked to the side and noticed a group of children playing. One of the children pointed at me and called “Michael. Michael. Michael.” I immediately recognized the little girl. I couldn’t believe that she had remembered me and my name from the last time she saw me in December 2007. She was probably only around four years old at the time. Then another little girl recognized me. I was unexpectedly reunited with my little friends that lived in Fred’s neighborhood. Their names are Cousera and Asmat. They even remembered the “separated thumb” and the “straw through the head” tricks that I did for them three years ago . They demanded that I perform them again. That’s when all the children in the area came running. Suddenly I was surrounded by about two dozen children. They all watched in wide-eyed amazement as I performed my tricks. Then some of them ran-off to get the adults so I could show them too. I repeated my tricks several times for everyone. Then I took one of the elderly women aside and showed her how the tricks were really done. She smiled and laughed at me. It was a great moment. I’m sure I’ll be spending a lot more time with the neighborhood children.
I love being blessed by Africa.