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Pool and prevention…

June 10th, 2007

Clouds float in the sky, kind of like the cartoon clouds on the TV show, The Simpson’s.
Linens and fresh flower filled vases adorned our dinner table. It was a special night. Jude Engole, Ben Kedi, and Emmanuel,our friend from a bus ride to Kampala, joined us for a night on the town.
They were all smiles as they feasted on a buffet of local cuisine. After all the plates were cleared, I launched into a lecture about safe sex, decision making, condoms, and HIV prevention. Surprisingly, their eyes didn’t roll. Ben and Jude assured us that their TASO counselor, Robert Oluka, talks to them about HIV prevention all the time. I admit, it may not have been the best timing for such a discussion, but I wanted to start the dialogue. Colin rescued them from my “let’s talk about sex” lecture and challenged them to a game of pool.
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Jude and Emma watch carefully as Colin teachs them about the mathematics of pool.
What an amazing man…
They love Colin. Watching the four of them play pool, laughing and shouting, hugging and giving high-fives – unforgettable. Colin and Emma played against Jude and Ben. A couple weeks ago, Colin taught Emma and Jude how to play. Ben is a seasoned pool player. They played best of five; Jude and Ben won. But really, everyone won.
Colin was able to bridge language and culture barriers with a simple game of pool. Ben, Jude, and Emma look up to Colin. They trust him. They can confide in him. And he makes them laugh. When Jude would line up his cue for a shot, Colin would start doing his interpretation of a traditional Bugisu dance. Jude laughed uncontrollably. I, on the other hand, am the boring teacher figure that wants to talk about feelings, condoms, and bad grades. It’s so cool to have Colin balance it out. His gentle tone, patience, and incredible sense of humor make him a friend to anyone and everyone he meets. Jude thinks of Colin as a father; they all know him as a friend.

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2 Responses to “Pool and prevention…”

  1. Loretta says:

    Kelly, what’s not to love about Colin?? Both of you will be greatly missed when you leave…They love you, too.. As we have all come to love them. Could you bring Shamim home for me?? Or, Sweet Baby James??
    Hi Colin.
    Love, Loretta

  2. René Muller says:

    Dear Sir/Madam
    Could you please inform us who to contact regarding this request to use a photo on your website?
    We would appreciate your permission to reproduce the material specified below in a study guide being compiled by Dr Antje Higgo of Unisa’s Department of Animal Health for the exclusive use of Unisa students.
    The study guide will be used for the academic year 2008-2012 and 500 copies will be reproduced. It forms part of the package our students receive when they register and is not sold separately. Where possible, we would appreciate it if you would reduce or waive copyright fees, as the material will be used for educational purposes only. Should there be a charge kindly state your terms and fees.
    Your speedy reply to our fax or e-mail before 15 April 2007 would be appreciated to enable the lecturer to finalise the study material for the new academic year.
    ***Photograph from website: “Robert (TASO MBALE) and James (TEDDO) carry the bird to the truck”, from “Pool and Prevention, June 10, 2007. Mbale, Uganda
    Thank you for your kind consideration.
    René Müller (Mrs)
    Copyright Officer
    Unisa Press
    PO Box 392
    Telephone (012) 429 3437 INT. +27+12 429 3437
    Fax: (012) 429 3449 INT. +27+12 429 3449

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