True stories with a twist!

Meet my brother, Jerry as he continues his travels in Africa. This photo was taken in Zambia. My brother is on the left.

Jerry travels to Africa frequently because of his work with SHAREAFRICA, an organization helping AIDS orphans. SHARE builds schools and feeds, houses and provides clothing for over 200 orphans in Kenya. (For more information, see the website:

After a recent trip to Kenya he and his companion, Usha, Β took a side trip : a safari in Zambia. One afternoon while sitting on a restaurant’s verandah eating lunch, a monkey suddenly swooped out of a tree, landed on their table and grabbed a piece of pizza out of Usha’s hand. The restaurant manager observed this interaction and came to their table with his apology.

“I’m sorry about that monkey disturbing you, he said. “I am going to assign a special guard to you so you will not be bothered by animals any more. He will stand by your table until you finish your meal.”

And he did. The fierce looking guard in the photo did an admirable job and they were no longer interrupted by animals during that meal. The animals seemed to know this guard, and stayed clear of him. At the end of the pleasant, peaceful lunch Jerry said to the Zulu, “I would like to thank you. You have done a wonderful job protecting us. I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Jerry.”

“What?” said the Zulu. “That cannot be true. MY name is Jerry.” And then he asked in all sincerity,”Why did your parents give you an African name?”

Comments on: "THAT CAN’T BE YOUR NAME" (39)

  1. I could feel all the superficial differences between the two men dissolve in that last paragraph. Instant connection. Very sweet.

  2. I laughed out loud at the Zulu asking your bro why his parents gave him an African name! Thanks for the story!

  3. Wonderful story, the was so interesting.

  4. What a great story πŸ™‚ I love it and the work your brother does is admirable!

  5. Ronnie: I was so hoping you were going to say that your brother was the guy on the right :)! Now that would have been an intriguing story, although the one you told was fun and very cool. A monkey snatching the pizza from one’s hand is a story that lives on and on and a Zulu guide with the same name is a perfect punchline. Great story.

  6. I agree with you–maybe they did love your brother more! πŸ™‚

  7. Maybe your parents traveled to Zambia before your brother was born! LOL…loved this story!

  8. Place of my birth! Beautiful country!

  9. That is brilliant, what a great line, the guy had class.. thank you for telling me to pop over..,, you were right i loved this. Now about that monkey, it would like my barn ,, c

  10. marie said:

    HAHAHA! THat was a wonderful story. And what a wonderful brother you have! Thanks for making me smile today!

  11. Fun story πŸ™‚ Thanks for the smile.

  12. If your brother, Jerry, has your sense of humor, I’d love to have heard his response. Funny story.

  13. Great story. What are the odds?!

  14. LOL! Such a wonderful story on so many levels!

  15. What a wonderful story. Lucky you for having such a special brother. There must be a million stories in his heart. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Haha, loved it and you described it so well, Ronnie! Having lived in Kenya and learnt Swahili, here’s a big ‘Jambo, rafiki!’ to Jerry …to the both of them! πŸ™‚

  17. Hi,
    What a lovely story, and it did bring on a smile. πŸ˜€

  18. What a delightful interaction.

  19. Jerry Warshaw said:

    Thank you Ronnie for telling that story so accurately. What I don’t understand however is why our parents didn’t also give you an African name.

  20. Curly Carly said:

    Oh my goodness, that is hilarious!

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