Sister Mary DeNardis has been in Uganda for 43 years but she is being reassigned back to Saint Mary's College for good. The school and clinic had a going away party for her on Friday. On Thursday, Garrett, the cook at the convent, made two cakes for us to bring to the party. We used some of the frosting the nursing Majors brought and the six of us were left in charge of frosting the cakes. Joy and I were frosting the cakes while Gen and Nora tried to steal spoonfuls of frosting. Then they gave some to Sister Edith to try. Sister Edith came running into the kitchen to stela the chocolate frosting, before I had finished the cake. The seven of us were hiding from Sister Mary in the pantry eqating spoonfuls of frosting and giggling uncontrollably. Joy said it felt like we were sneaking food from the kitchen at fat camp. Sister Edith told us not to worry, we were all receiving general absolution so there was no need to go to confession tomorrow.
The party at the school took longer than we had anticipated and came complete with a fourteen item long agenda. They had soda and food and several people gave gifts, speeches, and said prayers. The teachers at the school all sang a beautiful song that brought everyone to tears. The six of us were even getting a little teary-eyed and we had only just met Sister Mary. Then Sister Pat asked if we would sing a song. We managed to pull together the refrain of Cross of Our Hope and eneded in a rousing Ave Cruz Spez Unica! The teachers were all laughing, but I think we did SMC proud. After all the singing they passed out sodas and meat on a stick. Nora and Gen seemed to enjoy it and the rest of us all had a bite too. Our first taste of goat meat. Then they brought some other meatish food out to Sister Edith. Nora and Gen kept trying to convince the rest of us that it was chocolate. Nobody believed them, but when Nora told Sister Edith I wanted some, I decided to be a good sport and try it. Turns out it was liver; it didn't actually taste too terrible. The best part though was when Joy tried and made a face. Sister Edith happened to look up right at that instance and said, "What's wrong with Joy?" which sent us all into gales of laughter.
Other new foods we've tried:
Passionfruit: Reminds me of a pomegranate because you eat the seeds and may be the most delicious thing I have ever eaten.
Jack Fruit: Which is sort of a cross between bananas and melon and has a vbery potent smell the longer it sits in the container.
Chapatti: A cross between a tortilla, flat bread, and pita and is scrumptious! We have it at almost every meal. I could definitely live off chapatti!