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African Woman with nothing yet everything by kellyag59 on 18 November 2004 5:14pm
 
I am trying to find the conversation Michael Palin has with an African woman in her hut. She seemingly had nothing, was living in desperate circumstances, yet she had a wonderful smile, was full of joy and thankfulness for her home (hut) and family. She had everything she said, why shouldn't she be happy? If anyone can help me find this conversation, quote - I'm using it as an illustration in our December newsletter on finding joy in our lives as they are, and being grateful. Thanks - KellyG
 
Re: African Woman with nothing yet everything by Mac on 18 November 2004 5:20pm
 
Are you refering to Sahara ?? He has a conversation with a woman in that, but can,t remeber if its the first or second episode.
 
Re: African Woman with nothing yet everything by xine on 18 November 2004 5:21pm
 
Hi Kelly,

the interview happened in the town of Zouerat. In the book, you will find it on Day 22. In the documentary it's on episode one a few minutes before MP boards the Iron ore express.
In the documentary, the lady replies she has a beautiful house. In the book MP writes her reply is 'whatever God gives, makes us happy.'
hope this helps.

christine
 
Re: African Woman with nothing yet everything by kellyag59 on 18 November 2004 5:23pm
 
Thanks Mac I'll check. That's funny you responded so quickly. I was just reading your chatter about the Bridget Jones movie. Too funny. You have a wonderful sense of humor. KellyG
 
Re: African Woman with nothing yet everything by kellyag59 on 18 November 2004 5:26pm
 
Christine,
Wow, I am amazed! This is my first time on this website and what a wealth of information and super people! Thanks for the info, I'll check it out. I didn't want to misquote too terribly, and really wanted to capture her beautiful words.
Thanks much for the help! KellyG
 
Re: African Woman with nothing yet everything by Mac on 18 November 2004 5:30pm
 
Awwww thanks Kelly, yeah what a great lady to have such a positive outlook, I can,t imagine to many people who would be so grateful for what they have but she most certainly does.
 
Re: African Woman with nothing yet everything by Wild in Africa on 18 November 2004 9:16pm
 
Kelly, glad you brought this up. Having lived and worked in Africa on and off for many years I have come across so much genuine hospitality and generosity from so many really poor people. I have been in villages in Sudan where they have hardly had two beans to rub together but would (to stretch the metaphor) cook up those two beans for you in a two bean stew to welcome a guest. Your protestations would amount to nothing and you would insult them more by refusing this generosity than accepting it. One leaves feeling utterly humbled and also knowing that there is nowhere in your own country where a foreign stranger would be treated this way.
 
Re: African Woman with nothing yet everything by xine on 19 November 2004 10:28am
 
MP wrote/said in the 80 days series that he found that it's often the people who have little to offer who give the most. it's profound and amazing isn't it?
 
Re: African Woman with nothing yet everything by Helen on 24 November 2004 6:59pm
 
"humbling" is good term to use for this, indeed.

I would like to hear more about WiA's experiences....
 
Re: African Woman with nothing yet everything by Wild in Africa on 24 November 2004 7:38pm
 
Ah well, it might get me out of deep water for having been less than gracious to our American co-respondants in another thread. Some of my best friends are American etc though can not say that in the world of 2004 being American (or indeed British) is something to be overly proud of.
Anyway back to Helen, it is indeed my experience that those with the least give the most. What always knocks me out is kindness to strangers, and the fact that one can turn up in a remote village, a different colour, culture, religion world outlook from your hosts and they will accept you at face value and while you are their guest the world revolves around you. Sometimes it makes me feel deeply uncomfortable. I want to be treated normally but my very presence in their village gives me celebrity status. This has not only been the case in Africa and I have experienced the same in remote villages in Albania, Mongolia and Papua New Guinea. Why is it that we in the affluent countries have lost this virtue of hospitality towards the stranger? Perhaps someone would like to take up that as an issue.
 
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