August 16: Although today’s safari in Tarangire National Park was spectacular, my thoughts kept drifting away from the handful of lions and the scores of elephants we saw to our parting late yesterday afternoon from Edward, the Ufani Primary School teacher.
For days, he had been intent on giving some material reward to Marianne and me despite our insistence that there was no need. As yesterday’s speeches and music and gifts and feasting and photographs wound down, he finally made a specific suggestion: would we permit him to buy us a liter of water?
We didn’t need a liter of water, but accepting one would salve Edward’s conscience. So he pressed a ten-thousand-shilling note into my palm—enough to buy ten liters and equivalent to almost seven dollars, a substantial sum for a Tanzanian primary school teacher.
Although seven dollars meant a lot more to Edward than it meant to Marianne and me, by this time we did not doubt that we ought to accept his gift.—Don Stoll