Is it really only been two weeks since my return? It feels so much longer, not the least for all that’s happened since. Most days come – as usual in Mali – with surprises and/or challenges. And so far we’ve conquered them all!
During my absence Amadou had mastered – with the help of friends – to keep everything going and clean. But it wasn’t too hard to see that he was close to total exhaustion. And with the start of the rainy season the daily work load only gets more. So it was about time for a change!
Last week we’ve hired Assan, a lovely Bambara-girl. Since her first day the energy at our courtyard has started shifting. Her lovely easy going and female energy, broad smiles and the natural way she fulfills her job are a huge contribution to a better balance between man and woman. I thought the house was clean before, but it’s even more clean now and even the details are being taken care of. Not only that, I no more have to wait till Sunday to have my favorite t-shirt washed, since she’s replacing Nana also.
With Assan naturally taking care of house, guestrooms and kitchen a huge workload has been taken of Amadou’s shoulders, creating room for other tasks. Amadou since then has taken on the job – without anyone asking him! – to prepare lunch and he’s doing a great job on that.
However, yesterday Assan chased him off the kitchen and did an awesome job on that as well. With two of these great cooks I’ll have the time to fully concentrate on my office work, putting more energy in social media for instance. But, I’ll definitely do some cooking now and then, if not for finding some different tastes, than at least for a bit of distraction from the computer work.
So we’re in the process of rebalancing the energy, the workload and the inter humane connections at the same time. We’re in the fast lane again and even though I guess I should have gotten used to that by now, this seems to be another fast lane than the previous ones.
Curious where and what it will bring us!