I felt like I was back to square one. I haven’t made this many mistakes in such a long time…..and unlike in the beginning I am being called out for it all. I guess this means I am a part of the community and they feel comfortable enough around me.
The first was in dress. I was invited over for to’ogani and did not get the memo that it was a fancier occasion than a normal to’ogani. So when I arrived in a skirt and shirt, I didn’t feel out of place, until several people asked why I was not wearing a pulatasi. I feel like it is really hard to find the correct dress code. I never seem to get the memo on what it is.
At the to’ogani I set to work in helping out, and since I was underdressed, I could not present the gifts or food. So, I fanned the food that was waiting to be served….for at least an hour. I was offered cocoa, and accepted while I was fanning and made the fatal error of drinking while standing. Someone immediately took the fan I was using to shoo away the flies and ushered me to a bench to sit.
I felt so embarrassed making these mistakes, because truly I knew better, and must have just been having an off day. I felt like I was getting the silent judgment from all of the ladies in the room.
But thankfully, they are quick to forgive their Peace Corps, and hopefully won’t stop loving me!