ñëw: to return, to come back
When I come back from a four-day trip to the Delta, I have barely stepped over the threshold when Gaye rushes in and flings herself at me in a huge hug. I am so surprised! She pulls me by the hand upstairs—where the babies scream and come running at me! So-na, So-na, So-na! They all clap and chant my Wolof name and my yaay joins in, smiling broadly and clapping her hands. I can’t help but feel joyous. What an amazing way to be welcomed back!