Thursday, January 15, 2009

How Many Bananas Can You Get for Ten Cents?


Today I gave a workshop for the board of Rain Forest International School. It seemed to go well and they were appreciative. On the way home, I stopped to buy bananas. I told the woman that I wanted 50 francs worth (about ten cents.) She held out two bananas. I knew that if I weren't White, she would have offered three. The American in me feels cheated and wants to insist on three. My Cameroonian experience (or maybe it was the Lord?) reminds me that I can easily afford to pay five cents per banana and that it is better to be generous than not. As I put my two bananas into my backpack, I'm glad that the right side won.

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