Today was a really hard day. We woke up to the first sunny day since we got here. It was already hot at 7am. We went back to the same place we worked yesterday. Today was the community christmas party. We decided to finish up our work in the garden untill the party started at noon. It reached 100 degrees and we were covered in dirt. Then we gave out presents, a hotdog and a cup of soda to about 500 kids.
It really pushed my limits. I had to really dig deep into myself to find my motivation. It was a good learning experience for me to look within and discover what really drives me to keep going. So much of it is just keeping up with everyone else. When it came to the point where I didn’t think I could keep going, I wanted to sit under a shady tree, but then I remembered all of the effort and preparation we all put into this trip. We came here for a reason and I didn’t want to waste it sitting on my butt. So I kept going!! The plot isn’t quite ready for planting yet, but it looks pretty now.
The whole village was there and they sang the national anthem, something chosen by the ANC, the current party in power, but then they sang the old national anthem in Afrikans from the NAtional Party which was responsible for Apartheid, and then they sang something in English about tolerance and working in unity to build a future together. It was amazing to think that they would even acknowledge the previous government after all that they have been through under it. Joanne Said that they sing it out of respect. It really is incredible to me how willing everyone is to forgive and move on. Yesterday was the Day of Reconciliation a national holiday celebrating the day that the ANC and the National party agreed to stop fighting and negotiate.
I feel priviledged to be here.