I’m back in maple syrup country. And yet my tongue (still) craves Kenyan delights. It has not sunk in yet that I am seeing ‘white’ as opposed to ‘black’, especially having eaten at an Italian restaurant last night.
Even with that said, I am glad to be home. My family’s warmth is a welcome gift coming back, knowing it’s been a wonderful and surreal season for me.
I will not just remember my wonderful months in Kenya. I will always have a family there. In fact, I have been christened a name, from the Kikuyu tribe. This seals me in their hearts and minds. (I even speak English with a Kikuyu accent.) I simply liked being one of them, if only for a little while. Their genuine embrace seals them in my heart and mind.
My heart longs to see Africa again. I pray my new journey brings me back there. For now, “my heart is (so) jetlagged.”
I guess bittersweet never tasted so bittersweet.
Leaving Africa is now a phrase I officially unlike. Having been here only three months has been more like visiting with family. As comforting as that sounds, it’s more than that. There’s something here that draws me near, and beckons me to return.
Jungle rules aside, life is raw here, despite the attempts to modernize. Unless psyche and attitude evolve, Africa remains what it is, however it is. That just means jungle, in the truest sense.
A jungle is vast. Land here is plenty, as well as a profitable enterprise. Of course, one would need to want such land and want it enough to invest in the opportunities land gives: investment and industry.
A jungle is crowded. Yes, trees and all. For Nairobi, it’s the human diaspora. But no one is lost. Each body knows where to plant itself (forgive the pun). A crowd is not an eyesore but a sign of civilization.
A jungle is lush. I have had a good fill of eats, and I want to bring this healthy lifestyle back to Canada. I especially love the freshness of vegetables, and the tasty meat products. I could only pack so much so thus, I will need to return one day.
O Kenya, you have touched me in ways I have always wanted. I want to return the favor one day, and I pray it is soonest.