Most of my friends in Malawi are ten or younger, and that suits me just fine. My little crew of boys (and the only girl, Jess) come by most nights to help me cook, chat a little in Tonga, or just hang out and play games. When I visited the US in July I brought back an entire suitcase of board games, puzzles, kids books, card games, kites, squirt guns, and other goodies. And we make good use of them.
It’s wonderful to have their company and energy in my little house. They remind me so much of my little cousins back home, and it’s an easy way to be with people. Sometimes I just go about my business and enjoy hearing their bao games from the other room. And in return they’re my little helpers, always there to sweep the yard, fetch water, or collect mangos.
I wanted to share these photos of Martin and Chiygo playing with a map my grandparents sent me. Reading materials are scarce in Primary School, so they’ve never learned how to read a map, or even knew where Malawi was. So it was so lovely to teach them the names of the continents, North, South, East, and West, and show them my home on the other side of the world.
It’s these intimate little moments that I’ll miss most about Malawi. These sweet friendships, and the ways I can make their world just a little bit bigger.