– Jackson admires his older brother Frank for his generous spirit and desire to help others. Page 7.
– Jackson has a large, close family. He eats a meal with his parents, cousins, sisters their husbands, Franks’ family, aunts and uncles. Page 9.
– Jackson is very concerned that his siblings and cousins continue to stay in school. He asks them about their exam scores. Page 9.
– Jackson’s family expects him to settle down and find a wife. Page 10.
– Jackson is happy his family has not contracted HIV/AIDS yet. Page 16.
– Jackson’s father adopted the boy Julius, because both of his parents died of HIV/AIDS and he has no home. Page 19.
– Jackson is concerned with his adopted brother Julius’ exam scores; he wants his family to stay in school. Page 20.
– Jackson avoids contact with his Taata when he comes to visit. His Taata disapproves of Jackson going to America. He doesn’t even shake Jackson’s hand when he comes home. Page 21.
– Jackson notices his brother Frank is sick, and he must face the fact that his brother has slim. Page 24.
– Jackson decides to stay with his brother’s family to help after he sees how bad Frank’s health is. Page 30.
– Jackson realizes his brother is dying and accepts responsibility for his orphaned nieces and nephews. “In Uganda, uncles accept responsibility for orphaned nieces and nephews.” Page 31.
– When Jackson climbs a tree, he does not trust his sister’s judgment when she tells him to stop. Page 35.
– When Jackson falls from the tree, his sister Faida takes care of him. Page 36.
– Jackson trusts that Taata will protect him even after he had a few drinks. Page 37.
– Jackson finally relaxes in the hospital when he sees Maama. Taata did not comfort his at all. Page 40.
– Jackson discovers his sister Mbabazi has slim. She dies. Page 43.
– Taata decides that Jackson should be married, and sets him up with Kyakwera, because “You are my son and you will do what I say.” Page 45.
– Jackson tells Taata that he is going to marry who he wants, “I can take care of myself.” Page 47.
– When Jackson brings Beronda, his American wife, home his parents seem to approve, Taata doesn’t say anything rude. Page 48.
– Jackson has been financially helping his brother’s three children since their father’s death. Page 48.
– Taata does not approve of Jackson’s plan to build a school. Page 54.
– “Taata and I disagreed on a regular basis. I would always be the disobedient son.” Page 61.
– Jackson doesn’t respond to his father’s worries about the purchased land for the school. Page 71.
– Jackson’s father comes home drunk, waking everyone up and forcing them to spend the night at a neighbors. “The apologies became meaningless.” Page 71.
– Jackson’ s father does not want him to build his own house. “I will tear it down.” Page 73.
– “Maama was always the peacekeeper.” says Jackson. Page 77.
– Jackson discovers his wife is pregnant. Page 80.
– Jackson’s parents separated in 1979. Page 83.
– Bruno, orphan, lives alone with no guardians. Page 104.
– Children do not recognize “home” as a place where they live peacefully. Children are expected to do chores from a young age. Page 111.
– Children take care of their parents when the parents become old and sick. Page 134.
– When parents die, some siblings are taken in together to be apart of other families. Page 137.
– “How doe we provide for a generation that has no parents.” Jackson explains the financial problem HIV/AIDS as caused. Page 199.
– Jackson is in charge of getting his son ready for school, versus his wife. Page 232.
– “Grandmothers are the silent victims of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. As they bury their own children and begin parenting their grandchildren. Page 246.