Extending My Family
Many times we stayed in a "Guest House," which is somewhat like a bed and breakfast. On one occasion I went into the living room to visit the owners. While I met the wife, she soon invited me to sit with her. In Ghana, you are given a name based on the weekday you were born. As I am Monday-born, for example, my Ghanaian name is Adwoa. Once the wife and I discovered we both had the same name, she pulled me into a motherly hug and said, "I am your African Mama!" By the warmth in her voice, I felt such comfort to know how welcomed I was.