Whenever you go to visit an African home, here are things that you must find in abundance, sweet hot tea and warmth.
Having lived in the US for almost a year I can count the number of times i have felt genuinely welcomed. Maybe the East Coast is not the place to look for the streetwalk greetings and communal atmosphere that i grew up with.
Mostly i do not mind. I just always have to remember not to think of the people here like they are African. What this means is that i have to remember that not everyone will.
-Greet me with a genuine smile(i dont even need to see teeth)
-Offer me anything, except banter for conversation
-See my smile for what it is worth, a real glimpse into a happy life, fulfilled,enriched and open for the sharing.
Maybe i judge people too harshly. I am yet to go to the South, whose people are very different.
I am happy to say that there are gross exceptions to this rule.
Not everybody wants to be the cold Easterner…