I have a special relationship with the Generals and selected esteemed Col's at NMAA because I give them English lessons, particularly in reading and speaking. Being a teacher in Afghanistan warrants respect second only to motherhood and Allah. This means I am treated with respect and care that are not usually afforded to the American Advisory team in place.
Since I double as the team photographer, I get to wander around everywhere on campus and observe nearly everything. While I was taking photos yesterday, the top general at my school beckoned to me to go join him on the presentation stage.
I obliged and he ordered me to eat some "very delicious delicious fruit."
I complied. It was delicious and I told him so. He asked my opinion about how the day was unfolding and I told him it was better than I expected and why. He took it all in and thought for a bit and then I mentioned that I had to leave to get back to my photo mission. He replied: "You do all that walking around and then you will get hungry and when you get hungry you will come back here and eat more fruit!" I smiled and said: "Yes, Sir!"