I have to do a post like this every time I'm in Ghana! Here, my body type is considered pretty well....pretty! When I'm feeling down about myself in American all I have to do is go back and read these and remember I can always move to Ghana! Ha!
This trip as I traveled down the big ramp in the airport, looking towards the exit, a security official flagged me down. This is normally when you have to show them your luggage tickets and prove your luggage is your luggage. I started freaking out a bit because the nice lady who didn't charge me for my over-weight luggage also didn't give me luggage tickets! Yikes! Well, it turns out the guys just wanted to say, "Oh, you are so beautiful!!!" I said thank you with a smile, expecting him to ask me for my tickets. "Oh, seriously, God has blessed you!" Thank you again. "Is this your first time in Ghana?" No, I've been here over a dozen times. More smiles. "Oh, well are you married? Because I seriously wish to marry a beautiful American such as yourself." I tell him "Oh sorry oh! I am married, very happily. I have four children." He said he understands. Do I have a sister?" I tell him yes I do, but God has made her then. He said, "Oh, then that will not work. He needs a woman with meat! Do I have a friend? I tell him, "Oh yes, but you know, American woman are very difficult! We require much! He says, "Oh, I can manage it!" We end there with lots of laughs and smiles. =-)
The next day I'm at my friend Paul's house and he gets a taxi for me to go back to my hotel. I'm delighted to see a nice taxi (read, no holes in the floor) that even has A/C! As soon as I get in the care the man asks if I am American and I say yes. He said, "Oh, I like your structure very much!" I am thinking he is talking of American government and so I start talking of Obama and such. He says, "No, your structure! Your structure! How God has made you!" Oh. "Well, thank you." I tell him. We go on to discuss how I am happily married, etc. Turns out Ike is a super nice guy and a driver I will call upon in the future. He is actually picking up one of our families at the airport this afternoon! Cool guy!
This morning as I am checking out of BeachComber there is a group of men and women eating breakfast. A very posh woman says "Excuse me madam." Yes? "Are you German?" No, I'm American. "Oh, I was just wondering. We were all just sitting her noticing how very beautiful you are. God has blessed you." Okay, wow! It's one thing for a man to tell me I'm beautiful, but I am even more complimented with a (rather beautiful) woman tells me I am beautiful! Ha!
So, fear not all you fluffy woman who worry about coming to a "developing country!" In Ghana, you will be MORE than welcomed! You will leave feeling better about yourself than you have in a long time! LOL!