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9th-Dec-2005 09:36 pm

The woman took her hand, correctly, Mma Ramotswe noticed, in the proper Botswana way, placing her left hand on her right forearm as a mark of respect. Most white people shook hands very rudely, snatching just one hand and leaving their other hand free to perform all sorts of mischief. This woman had at least learned something about how to behave.

Hehe! I started reading this book, Tears of the Giraffe, today and aww I just love it so much. It is the next one following The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency that I mentioned here a few months back. I just love getting back to Africa like this, and it makes me miss it so much more. The way characters in the book think actually reminds me a bit of the Winnie the Pooh books, which I adore. It's just something naive and simple about everything :]

'Some people are slow to give', she said. 'It is something to do with how their mothers brought them up. I have read all about this problem in a book. There is a doctor called Dr Freud who is very famous and has written many books about such people'.
'Is he in Johannesburg?' asked Mr J. L. B. Matekoni.
'I do not think so,' said Mma Potokwane. 'It is a book from London. But it is very interesting. He says that all boys are in love with their mother.'
'That is natural,' said Mr J. L. B. Matekoni. 'Of course boys love their mothers. Why should they not do so?'
Mma Potokwane shrugged. 'I agree with you. I cannot see what is wrong with a boy loving his mother.'
'Then why is Dr Freud worried about this?' went on Mr J. L. B. Matekoni. 'Surely he should be worried if they did
not love their mothers.'
Mma Potokwane looked thoughtful. 'Yes. But he was still very worried about these boys and I think he tried to stop them,'
'That is ridiculous,' said Mr J. L. B. Matekoni. 'Surely he had better things to do with his time.'
'You would have thought so,' said Mma Potokwane. 'Bur in spite of this Dr Freud, boys still go on loving their mothers, which is how it should be.'
9th-Dec-2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
awwwwwwww that is so sweet :D

And I totally recognize the greeting thing...the left hand on right arm thing, that is. First time the kids did that with me I was like :blink, even if we had been told that was how it worked. Eventually, though, I would do it myself when speaking to someone I recognized as being senior to myself...

Light, you made me miss Africa sooooooo much now!!!!!!!!!
9th-Dec-2005 10:28 pm (UTC)
Haha yeah I remember the hand on forearm thing too when you greeted grown-ups. Kids had waaaay more difficult greetings tho, the handshake had like 5 different "moves".
10th-Dec-2005 12:30 am (UTC)
yeah, my 'kids' were mostly from 17 and up, though ;) so most of them tried to behave like adults, at least with me.

That, and they wanted to teach me how to do things 'right' :) They were totally adorable. *misses*

10th-Dec-2005 01:36 am (UTC)

and hearts semicolon
10th-Dec-2005 03:10 am (UTC)
Oooooh! It's a fab serious, hope you enjoy it.