Today I was able to give my mother a tour of Tenwek Hospital. We were first asked by Lillian in Dental, "Is he your first born?"
"No," Madelle replied. "He is my third."
Then Gladys in Community Health spoke, "It's so nice to meet you. Is Malin your first born son?"
"No, he is my third of four." Madelle answered.
Then we found Lena in Supplies, she asked, "Would he be your first born son?"
Madelle sincerely said, "No, Malin is not my first child."
This same question about birth order was asked 6 times as we walked the grounds of Tenwek. We were amused and charmed. But this was clearly significant in their eyes. Each response of "No Malin is not my first born," was followed by silence.
We chuckled together as we contemplated the humorous cultural differences here in Kenya. Birth order matters, and to Darin my older brother you are highly esteemed and respected here in Kenya!