We passed it around, looked it over, and squeezed our fingers into its holes. Then, after we had finished our examination, it was magically transformed into...something. I'm really not sure what it became, but it needed to be launched as high and far as possible so that we could watch it smash into little pieces upon its contact with the ground. So much for taking it home (which was our original idea).
So now I'm switching topics. I need to introduce you to a young lady who has been with us for a little over a week now: Adrianne.
Adrianne stayed with us for two months during the summer of 2008. She was a (very mature) 17-year-old at the time. Now she is one year away from completing her undergrad studies in international agronomy. With a concentration in sustainable agriculture, Shawn bounced on the opportunity to have her as an intern for the summer.
The first week did not go quite according to plan. In typical Adrianne fashion, she wanted to dive right in. Instead, she spent much of the first week in Kampala sorting out the ramifications of a stolen purse and going to the doctor for help with a neck that decided it was tired of all her traveling. Adrianne has a strong will, and apparently so does her neck.
After much coaxing through warm compresses, light massages, and a few special tablets, the neck has agreed to move the head once again. How kind.
So, a week-and-a-half later, she is at last ready and able to dive in to her "intern work." Now, if you see her in blog posts in the future, you know who she is. And now perhaps you understand my blog hiatus a bit more. :)