We have lived in our neighbourhood for almost six years.
Along the road there is a cluster of much poorer homes and kiosks (little shops). With this cluster of homes, come children by the dozen.
Each time I pass through these homes, these children yell... 'Muzungu!!'
Muzungu means 'foreigner, white person.' It's a word of observation - nothing deragatory about it.. just a gesture of letting everyone know that there is a white person passing.
I can drive through there 3,4,5 or 6 times a day and it's the same thing every time. 'MUZUNGU!!'
I just smile and wave.
Well...Beni has been going down to the kiosks with Bucumi and Solange, our house help, to get various items when we need them.
Last week when I drove through the homes, I heard... 'Mama Beni!'
I am no longer Muzungu. I have a name!!
I'm quite pleased about this.
When we pass with Beni in the car... it's like he's a major football star passing through - it's hilarious! They all come running, yelling his name and want to greet him.
So much for the rest of us... but I'm happy with Mama Beni!