Friday, September 9, 2011

Two Catholic Priests

It has been done! The terrible saga is complete! The mold vanishes like wisps of cotton candy far into my past! My days of full bladders and dirty hair are no more! Fare thee well rotting cassava on my front stoop! Village drunks who sleep outside my window, get thee behind me! Quit my sight, thee uncomely mouse turds!

I think the solution to all my bizarre housing problems was always right in front of us all. Put this girl in a tiny green dorm room in the priest's quarters of the Catholic Mission. AND WHY NOT??? THEE UNBELIEVERS?? WHO IS TO SAY THAT A YOUNG UNITARIAN (?) WOMAN FROM AMERICA CANNOT HAPPILY BUNK UP WITH SEVERAL CATHOLIC LUGBARA PRIESTS? I happen to LOVE green walls. AND small spaces. I'm like a vole. Or an otter. Besides, what honest person would leave me in charge of an entire HOUSE? A small room, I can manage.

In all seriousness, I am really happy with my new place. It is quiet, peaceful, and almost a little retreat from the rest of my village. There are flowers, kind people, and shade. The fathers are incredible; they are the community leaders here, and are very progressive. I think I'll be able to work well with them. It is a rather unlikely situation, but I am really glad with how it turned out. Plus, I'm like a 5 minute walk from Tom now. I have spent my last few days settling in, getting to know the priests more, and trying to explain what a unitarian is. My room is adorable and I am starting to become a bit of a clean freak, or at least balancing myself out more. Because of my last house, I am completely determined to not share my space with any of the local wildlife (including mold), and so I"m keeping everything very clean.

Here are some pictures!


  1. HOORAY!!!! So happy for your lady!!! Looks beautiful and I think its completely perfect that you are housing up with Catholic priests. LOVE it.

  2. Your new place - truly a 'home' - is lovely, serene, and rather amazingly organized! Kudos to you for persevering. Love your wall of messages from your family and friends. Love, Mumsy

  3. Ilser, did you get my last two letters? I miss and love you! How did you do with the Unitarian explanation-I'd like to hear it!! Lizzie

  4. Yay! Green is calming. You handled it like a trooper I must say. Now if you can explain to your brother how to remove mold I'd truly appreciate it :)