Zikomo, a Chichewa word meaning thank you, is used constantly by native speakers as a greeting, as good bye or as a way to agree with the person with whom you are speaking. Chichewa is one of the national languages of Malawi, a country that has never known war in 53 years of independence and where Rhodessa and I served as Peace Corps Volunteers. Malawi is known for its sweet and hospitable culture even though it is one of the poorest countries in the world. The people live a life of gratitude, which makes them eminently admirable.