this past wednesday evening i was sitting on the ‘duke house’ veranda at katikamu (where i was in 2007) waiting for the primary and secondary schools to let out for the day.
while waiting, i was doing some writing about doing laundry at katikamu with josephine and a mama washing the priest’s vestments. but i will have to report those deep thoughts some other time.
the primary school lets out for the day before the secondary school does–so i was also glancing up every once in a while to see primary students peeking at me over the hedges. some waved, some just giggled and ran away.
much to my surprise there were three boys who saw me, got excited, and ran toward the veranda. as soon as they got within a reasonable distance they started to say, “madam thera! you are back! you are back!!”
[even though jen and i came back to uganda to visit last may, it was while school was still out for holiday so we did not get to see many of our primary students–so essentially i havene’t seen these boys in two years!]
they reported that they are now in p7, while shaking my hand with gusto–becoming “big men” in their own eyes as the move up towards secondary school.
we were joined by three girls from different primary grades who had come to see what the hullabulu was all about.
i told the gathered crowd that i was writing a blog post–and explained what a blog post is. essentially i said its like a letter that you write and put on the internet and that i do this so you all ‘at home’ can know what is going on my in life.
their interest was piqued.
so i asked if they would like to help me write a blog post.
we agreed that they could pick the content and that i would do the typing.
after typing the introduction i was also instructed to say what i was typing as i typed it. because this madam “types just too fast.”
first i was told that to be proper i should say that i am doing well.
and ask how you are.
so, how are you? are you fine?
as for me, i am fine.
what follows are some things that you need to know, according to six st. joseph’s primary school students. we hope you enjoy.
day students from st. joseph’s primary school at katikamu parish, uganda would like to share the following with you:
their favorite subjects include: english, religious education, ALL of p7 (wow), math, social studies and science.
their favorite sports- football, volleyball, netball, tennis, basketball, rugby
“madam thera, you tell them to come and visit, and if you were to come to uganda we would be so happy to see you.”
grace nakalema (p3)
grace nakalema is in primary four. her favorite color is green and if she were a fruit she would be a mango. just because.
nava’s favorite color is red (whoo!) and she is in primary 5.
serugo ronald’s favorite color is purple, he is in primary 7 and if he were a fruit he would be a passion fruit “because it is too sweet!”
matthias byekwaso, primary 7, prefers the color white and if he were a fruit he would be a ripened mango, because it is also “too sweet!”
sekate aaron’s favorite color is white, he is in primary 7 and were he to be a fruit he thinks he would be a jackfruit, because he likes it most.
nanfuka stellah is in primary 5, her favorite color is yellow and if she were a fruit she says she would be an apple, “because it is rich in proteins.”
these lovely students at st. joseph’s primary school have one more thing that they would like for you to know, and i’ll let them say it in their own words,
“you tell them that we are happy.”
while i was taking their “one-by-one” pictures i caught a sweet moment between two friends– nava’s rosary wouldn’t lay straight for her picture, and this seemed to distress her. so grace (who is considerably younger) came over to first try to help nava straighten her rosary–but when it wouldn’t lay flat, traded with her. a little of that moment is pictured below. (“read” these pictures right to left. i put them in the wrong order. oops.)