I flew into OKC with Francis Flair last Thursday to bring him to America for college at Oklahoma Christian University. Seeing the USA through the eyes of Francis has been a whole new experience for me. I had the opportunity to introduce him to things that were completely new and fascinating for him. Such as mailboxes, ice machines, grocery stores, chocolate chip cookies, dead bolts, etc. He mentioned he felt like he was on a different planet all together. Our lifestyles are so completely foreign to him.
I might have almost drowned him trying to teach him a cannon ball in the pool. Good thing my dear friend Amy Hubble came to the rescue. I might have been too busy laughing to notice that he was actually panicking. Bowling went a little better. He actually came out on top during the second round. The movie theater, was impressive. So much so that he fell asleep. (I'll let him off the hook with jet lag on that one)
Francis was amazed at the campus of OC. He has never seen a school compound like it in his lifetime. I had a great time giving him the tour and introducing him to the faculty and staff we met along the way. I was completely overwhelmed with the love and support with which he has been received. Gifts from cash, to cookies, to bicycles and open arms awaited him. God is truly wonderful. I am amazed at the way he has taken care of Francis. I hope the OC community will continue to help him adapt to life in the USA.
I tried to teach Francis the things he could not say in America. Let me give you a few examples of our America lessons:
#1: Don't ask for a rubber.
(a rubber is a plastic bag in Ghana)
#2: Don't say you are going to flash someone.
(flashing means to call and hang up after your phone number has appeared on their phone)
#3: Don't hiss at people. In America, it will still get their attention. But not the kind of attention you are looking for.
#4: Lock public bathroom doors. (He learned that one the hard way)