Thursday, January 21, 2010

6 degrees of separation? Maybe 7?

We work with Health Service Aides at each site we go to. These men and women are Malawians who live and work in the rural communities and provide basic health screenings (for malnutrition and diseases like malaria) and dispense some medications. They help us by bringing sick children to our clinic and also help us run our clinic.

Their English ranges from decent to unintelligible and talking with them usually yields at least one conversational gem.

Today I was speaking with a woman and the conversation went like this:

Her: How are you doing?
Me: I am very well, thank you. How are you?
Her: Good, are you?
Me: errrrrrrr
Her: I would like to know you
Me: Ah yes, my name is Hayley
Her: I am happy to know you Heedlay. Where is your homeland?
Me: I am from the United States.
Her: Ah, yes. Very good. I had a teacher from the US. She was called, Taylor, Tyler...Talbot. Her name was Talbot (looks at me expectantly....
Me: (pretending to think)  I do not think I know her.


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