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Just when the caterpillar thought it was over.there were 10 new cholera cases.

Just when the caterpillar thought it was over.there were 10 new cholera cases.

I am homesick today. We normally have the good fortune of being able to call home from our project but unfortunately the network is down and will be fixed "soon" but according to Congolese time that is usually weeks. So in case all of you loved ones are reading. I'm fine. I miss you. I'll call "soon."

Not being able to pick up the phone and call my family or friends whenever I want has definitely been challenging. This is what makes me feel homesick.which seems a bit ridiculous at my age, if we think of age in extra-uterine terms. I associate homesickness with summer camp. I have had a lot of experience with homesick campers and the cure is usually distraction, which is somewhat limited here on Sundays. I will try to distract myself with sleeping today in an attempt to reclaim the hours that escaped me this week but I am not optimistic since it is already 7am, the sun is shining and the rosters are crowing.even through the earplugs, which turned out to be a pathetic attempt to maintain a state of sleep.

So I thought I would write about the old man I saw walking at a turtle's pace with walking stick in hand. hand on back because every step is a controlled and concerted effort to persevere despite the ache of old bones. "Old man" seems somewhat disrespectful. here you would call him Tata or Papa because living to an age where you are a Tata here is rare and it is an accomplishment that commands a lot of respect. He had walked all the way to the hospital to meet with someone and they said. I'm busy. can you come back tomorrow? Maybe the person didn't realize he was a Tata, or didn't see his controlled and concerted effort at every step. So Tata began his slow and steady pace back to wherever he came from with no fuss, no impatience, just acceptance. "Slow and steady wins the race," I think as I walk past him. I feel a little guilty at a hare's pace as I watch the effort of each step, but it's hard to slow down sometimes when you have 10 new cholera cases to see about.