Real Talk


The other day I was sitting in my rondavel working on writing some goodbye letters. Right on schedule I heard Pulane knock on my door on her way home from school. I invited her in and she sat next to me on the floor. She asked what I was doing and when I told her the tone of our conversation immediately changed to something quite solemn. When she realized that I was leaving sooner than she expected we just sat there in silence when tears trickled down both of our faces. There are really no words to be said…

Then the other day while I was waiting for the rest of the kids to show up for my Halloween Bash, Bafokeng and I were sitting in the sun. Out of nowhere he says, “In 2014 you will no longer be here?” To which I responded, “yes, I am leaving very soon”. Less than a second later he reached out to touch my knee and said, “Ke tla u hoopla” (I will miss you). I don’t think there’s enough toilet paper in my village to soak up the tears that will be shed from now up until I leave.

Real talk.


About sfubuntu8

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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