Second Birthday in Lesotho


I must admit that I am very much in denial…not only at the fact that I am 24 years old now, but also that I have been in Lesotho for so long that this was my second birthday celebration in this country.  I say that I was destined to be Mosotho because my birthday is also Lesotho’s Independence Day!  Being a teacher, it’s awesome having my birthday on a public holiday because it means that I get the entire week off from work (the schools have an Independence Break…SCORED!)  The whole week was beautiful; I was in Maseru earlier in the week so I was able to buy a couple bottles of red wine, cheese, crackers and chocolate at the grocery store.  Once I got home, it seemed like the festivities never ended.  I had fellow Peace Corps Volunteers coming in and out like tidal waves of company.

Yesterday, my actual birthday day, I was showered with indescribable love.  In the late morning my family came by with a huge pot of samp (a traditional corn dish), another hug container of steamed and baked bread, a few baked goods wrapped in the most precious of ways, and this was all delivered while singing Happy Birthday.  It brought tears to my eyes and I was ebullient to say the least.

As the day went on, the festivities continued and I heard another knock on the door.  I opened it up, stepped outside and saw a huge feast presented in front of me.  Grilled meat, papa, chakalaka and cold drinks!  As if the Birthday wagon and its goods earlier wasn’t enough, my family prepared a feast for my guests and me.  I broke down into tears and couldn’t help but give huge Shanelley hugs to everyone in my family.

I am continually stunned and humbled by the generosity of Basotho.  How can I leave this place?  This was probably one of the most meaningful and precious birthday celebrations I have ever had in my twenty-four years of life. 🙂 





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This Blog will document my time spent in the Peace Corps. I hope to share my adventures, trials and triumphs. This website is not affiliated with the US Peace Corps or the US government. The views expressed here do not in any way represent the views of the Peace Corps nor those of the United States government.

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