I have the best husband ever. Seriously, he is amazing and thoughtful; and well, he knows what truly speaks to me heart. I came home after Annikah and I did some visiting in our neighborhood today to find this on my kitchen counter ….
I screamed with joy and Jason quickly ran into the kitchen to impart to me the epic saga that allowed him to bring such a dear gift home to me. It started …..”you love me soooo much right now…” (true, very true). It involved him walking everywhere in the market (because many places were closed for afternoon prayer and he needed to check prices for getting business cards and the all important rubber stamp made for our NGO) and finally seeing some guys on the street selling cans of diet coke. The guys on the street are usually yelling out the bei (price) on what we like to call the “item of the week” because it is usually a reduced price, sort of like an African blue light special, only shadier. Now, diet coke on sale? This is too good to be true for those of us who have to ration our purchases of the precious liquid because it is hard to find and at least 4 times as much as any bottled soda. He asked the price…3 cans for 1000 shillings (less than a dollar)!!! He then coined the phrase “safi-est bei” which is my new favorite part Kiswahili and part English word (the best translation is “sweetest price”) He bought all he could fit into a worn out rice bag and some newly acquired friends helped him carry his treasure through the crowded streets. He bought all the guys a soda for helping him haul his quickly mounting cargo and for help in finding a guy that can make our stamp for our NGO. People are always so willing to help you here and they all sat together on the side of the road talking and enjoying their pops. After a few more errands he returned home with his precious booty. God is good all the time but some days He is just amazing……a thoughtful husband & 15 cans of diet coke for the safi-est bei; what else could a girl ask for?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Glad to see you have at least a few cans of Pepsi amid all that bad Coke stuff.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hey! Your blog is awesome! I don’t have internet to follow it all the time, but when I get a chance its great fun to read! I love the sheng! safi-est! thats great!hope all is well!take care

  3. Anonymous says:

    Gpa Jim…don’t hate, sorry to say coke is the good stuff!!! šŸ™‚

  4. Anonymous says:

    Dad – you’ll be happy to know that although I’m a Coke fan back home, Pepsi is actually my beverage of choice here! For some reason it is way better than Coke. Must be the glass bottles šŸ™‚

  5. Anonymous says:

    I agree with GPA Jim. Pepsi is the best! Glad you got some soda.Life’s little pleasures are often the best. And now you can keep them cold! In Europe, I just wanted the Nestea plunge.