Mom’s Groups – the six degrees of separation principle is nowhere more true than in Arusha. One connection has led to a multitude of others and Becky is involved in three mom’s groups in town. The word “involved” is used lightly here, as she’s only been to each one once. They’re diverse groups, although all mzungu women, they all come from different parts of the globe and represent various mzungu sectors (UN, safari industry, NGO’s, missionaries, private industry, etc). All the women are working mom’s, it’s just some of the mom’s aren’t compensated with money the way others are (wink, wink). These groups will surely be an invaluable parenting and social resource for both of us.
Swahili Classes - keeping me busy through most of July were twice weekly Swahili classes with my friend Katie. After approximately 12 hours of private instruction, Becky has a rough handle on the language with her vocab revolving mostly around words and phrases related to childcare. She gets a lot of practice with Christina, the housekeeper/nanny, and Humphrey, the day guard, who are both very patient with my rudimentary skills. What's funny is my ability to speak and make sentences is strong, yet my ability to understand what is being said to me is very poor. This is where closed captioning would come in quite handy! And speaking of language skills, we are even having to learn a few new words in English since the English spoken here comes from the UK - here's to rubbish, lorries, nappies and the loo!