I have a new girlfriend who’s living in my village! Yes, I have many friends (that do not exceed the age of 12yrs old) but Keke is young, educated and so much fun. She is an answer to prayer because as much as I love my life here, the wintertime tests all my limits and it will be nice to have a friend close by.
Keke just recently moved to my village from Maseru and will be working here at the MCM Clinic right behind my house for the next few months. She stopped by my place a couple weeks ago to introduce herself and basically said that she’s looking for a friend. This reminded me of the good old days when I vividly remember my mom teaching my how to introduce myself to new people. “Hi, my name is Shanelle. Want to be my friend?” and my answer to Keke was YESYESYES!!!!
She stops by every day after work just to say hi and we hang out on Sundays. She also has a BlackBerry so we can communicate for free. We talk about village life, boys, cooking and read trashy magazines. As trivial as it may sound, it’s little things like that that keep me sane. This new relationship has revealed to me what a gift friendship really is. I didn’t realize how desperate I was for a friend until out of the blue, one came knocking on my door.