We still love our neighbors.
We still go out to play with the kids and love how popular we feel when we drive down the street between two rows of hellos and goodbyes.
But here are a few new developments:
+ While we were out playing Memory yesterday, one of the girls accidentally called Stephen by my name, which suddenly ensued huge bouts of laughter all around. Hilarious–Stephen being Kelli. Nevermind the fact that for the first six months we were here, and last week for that matter, they have called both of us Kelli. Suddenly, they understand our names?!
+ A three year old was eating a cookie with one hand and picking at bird poop with another. He didn’t seem to know what it was and was just pointing at it for Stephen. With utmost maturity, Stephen then proceeded to let him know it was bird poop by: motioning for a bird (hands as wings, saying “tweet tweet”) and then motioning for poop, including a hand motion in the vicinity of his rear and a fart sound. The little boy got it, and among the older boys around, he quickly became a hero.
And to make it better, when another little boy walked up later, the story was repeated. We could of course tell this by the similar, oh-so-classy hand motions and sound effects.
+ On a better note–our garden is working! There are a couple women who come regularly in the mornings to work in the garden; they are watering constantly in this dry season. And things are growing! Just before we left for the last team, an older woman came over to pick up five snake gourds and two pumpkins. As she was leaving, she handed us two of the gourds and took the rest back for dinner! We tried to actually give her these back, too, but she insisted. Either way, there were vegetables and we were sharing them communally. Sounds like success to me.
Yesterday, too, another woman came over before dinner and grabbed a few pieces of lemongrass for her dish. We love it.
+ They’re still adorable, too, and obviously learning good things from us!