Abilene High School Class of 1961

October 12, 2006

Message from Karen Lusby Wiggins to the AHS Class of 61 45th reunion

Filed under: Abilene High School — johnodam @ 9:39 pm

John, If you can read this to the group, I would be so
happy.  Thanks John!

Fellow 1961 A.H.S. grads,

I am sending this little note to give you  just a
small taste of Tanzania, Africa.  All of us were
blessed to have the safe, happy foundation of Abilene,
Texas, in the fifties.  That culture of “A hand shake
and a promise is better than a contract”  world gave
us all strength we did not know we had.  I am forever
telling God, ” But remember, God, I am just a
kindergarten teacher! That is a good Idea! Find
someone else to do that!”

These are some things I have learned as I live here:

Happiness is helping others help themselves.

Contentment is laughing with others about your
mistakes and life.

Joy is a retuned smile and wave from a small child
anywhere.

Brilliant is solving problems using only what is
available.

Rest is tired bones snuggling under a mosquito net.

Respect is saying shikamu to our elders and saying
marahaba to those saying shidamu to us old folks.

Shikamu- May I sit at your feet and learn from you?
Marahaba- Certainly you may. Thanks for respecting me.

MMmmmmmmm is hot buttered biscuits made in a dutch
oven over a kerosene stove when the eletricity is out
(which is often).

Humbleness is standing with friends and watching them
grieve for their lost loved ones to Aids/HIV and
Malaria.

Connectiveness is a letter in the mail box. 

Excitement is the electricity coming on after a week
with out it.

Appreciation is Juliana (our cook) stopping her
cooking and cleaning and kneeling at my bed and
praying me out of malaria.

Reminders are the Texas blue sky with puffy white
clouds and the smell of the rain coming right here in
East Africa.

Lifesaving is teaching ways to clean the water and
providing sand filters.
,
Music is hearing the sounds of chickens, roosters,
donkeys, cows, goats and many birds all day long.

Longevity is planting trees and helping in the
reforestation plan in the Lake Victoria region.

Elation is the lifesaving rains coming after the dry
season.

Generosity is watching many neighbors getting water
from another neighbor’s well.

Welcoming is sharing our greetings back and forth for
five or ten minutes to Tanzanians one at a time.

Freedom is a very small child feeling totally safe
singing a song as she walks alone for a mile to
collect water for her family.

Rejoicing is singing and moving and dancing and
praising God, with young and old at church.

Informative is N.P.R and B.B.C. from Berlin.

Hopefulness is providing work for others that had no
work.

Hilarity is ordering cold wet underwear in Swahili
instead of cold bottled water (my husband actually did
this).

Refreshing is listening to giggles in the cool
afternoon and watching children happily playing with
tied-up plastic bag balls, Galimoto, and just each
other.
Galimoto is a home made toy from the Book ‘Galimoto’
by Karen Williams

Interesting is watching the customs of maasai and
other tribes.

Regret is knowing children are dying of dehydration
because I have yet to teach the mothers.

Closeness to God is watching His free animals in the
Serengeti National Park.
Love is chatting on line with my sons and their wives.

Being rich is having a warm shower or bath.

Surprise is finding beautiful silver hair under my
bottle blonde hair.

Gifts from God are double rainbows, beautiful
sunrises, and sunsets.

Delicious is fresh spinach and tomato salad from our
garden.

Relief will be to have a library in Bunda with many
books and having a story hour each day. With English
books the children can learn English so well they can
pass the test to continue their education.

God Bless you all. Have a wonderful time at our
reunion.

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