Thursday, December 3, 2009

Girl Talk

My cousin Rebecca (Dennis’ sister) came to visit the past two weeks. It is the second time she has come to visit since I have been here and it seems that when she is here things get a whole lot more interesting. The other night we were watching some gospel music videos on the television and Sarah got up and started dancing. She is part of a worship ministry team at the Church and so she is pretty good. I started feeling the music and started doing a little of my own dancing in my chair. Maama LOVED it. She stands up, starts dancing, and tells me I better stand up and dance with them. They claimed that I had “real” rhythm… but waving your hands to the music is not really too difficult. Yes, waving your hands in the air is considered dancing. We even did a little side step to make it fancy. I threw in a couple of my own moves and let’s just say they were impressed. Rebecca decided a picture needed to be taken, and like her brother, she isn’t the best photographer you have ever met.


Mukama Yebazibwe! Praise God!

Rebecca is amazing. She brings a whole new dynamic to the house and I love it. She told me that she has been searching her whole life (30 years) for her long lost twin and said that when she met me she was so happy because she finally found her twin. We are the same height, wear the same size shoe, and even have the same size hands. The only difference is our age… oh yeah, and our color. She is such a beautiful person - inside and out. She always has a smile on her face, and she is ALWAY talking. Because she is so chatty though it takes her FOREVER to eat. It seems like Ugandans are generally slow eaters but we always joke around and tease her that she will just be finishing eating when we are waking up for breakfast.


My Ugandan Twin :)

While Maama was talking on the phone to our sister Jackie, who is currently in Nottingham studying, Rebecca, Sarah, and I had some quality girl talk. It was so much fun to sit with them and talk about their “friends.” Relationships aren’t really talked about openly in the Ugandan culture. There is no real public dating unless you are sure that it is the person you are going to marry so it was interesting hearing about their relationships with their “friends.” It was a great night with the girls, I really felt like a group of sisters as we whispered together and shared secrets.


Rebecca and Sarah – greasing up the hair

Rebecca left yesterday and I won’t see her again before I leave Uganda. It was my first official goodbye and I was not a fan. I am crossing my fingers that she will surprise me and come to our farewell party next week. I hinted to her that I would really love it if she came but I know she has work and other obligations at home.

I will be leaving my family in just one week and I can’t believe it.


  1. Rebecca is a beautiful woman. So glad you found a "twin" in her. We look forward to seeing you soon. The Yoders are here for our Christmas gathering on Dec 20. We'll be crowded but it will be fun. Blessings - Aunt G

  2. Hanna,

    I'm glad to hear that you have made some life-long connections down there. I cannot wait for you to get back. Conincidentally, we get back to Ohio on the same day! Again, can't wait to hear everything about your experience. Love you.


  3. You guys should try out for ABDC, I am sure they would love a Ugandan Hand Waving Crew. Did you show them the Stanky Leg, or at least Crank it for them? I think they would have been real impressed by that. Lovelove.

  4. Hi Hanna,
    Yes, good-byes can be sad, but look at all the precious life long memories that you will have. We are sooo looking forward to having you back home again. Bring your long johns.

    Love you, Grandma M

  5. DP in Uganda! I'm so glad that you gave them a little sneak preview of your skills. I'm sure that they would have invited the whole town to see you dance if you would have shown them ALL that you got. I really enjoyed the fact that Rebecca and Dennis have the same photography skills. That made me smile. It's so precious that Rebecca claimed you as her cute. I'm praying for you girl for the goodbyes have only just began :(

  6. merrrrrr ONE WEEK. that's crazy but I'm super stoked to have you back in hugging distance of my arms. love that dance party. I just wish that they could see hpain AND brittalicious break it down. Now that is too much talent. love you.


  7. Can't wait to have some girl talk when you get back:) super coincidence alicia that we all get back into ohio the same day!!! my journey not as far but still a homecoming. Cant wait to see Hpain back in H-ville


  8. Hanna, one week and two hours until you are back
    home, but who is counting? me, that's who!
    Aunt Carol