25 January 2008

Village Time

Now that those of you who don’t know me well think I’m a saint for living the single-mom life for 12 days and traveling the world with 2 boys its time to let you all in on a parenting secret… I believe not only that it “takes a village” but also that sometimes you need to “send them to the village”… with the house-girl…

And now that I have a fast enough internet connection its time for a few posts with pics…

For the last 2 weeks Joseline… our nanny-house-help-extraordinaire… and I have been working what we call… operation exhaustion… the goal is to have the boys begging for bedtime by 8:00PM… it rarely happens which keeps the challenge factor at optimal levels…

Her great fall back plan is “village time”… she loads up a bag with water bottles and all the coins in the house and marches the boys out the gate… an average village excursion lasts 3-4 house with 1-2 miles of walking and running…

Finally curious about what exactly my boys are doing… which is a good parenting strategy… I sent the 3 of them with a camera to document their journey…

Here’s an inside look at Noah and Kadin’s “village time”…



Of primary importance to village time is "village food"... Noah and Kadin are known by all the local vendors... and since everyone knows Mizungus have unlimited funds... the boys are free to take anything off any vendors table... chapati (tortillas), casavas (fried potatoes sticks), mendazi (fried dough balls)... none are as good as they sound but the boys love it... try to keep them from eating in the grocery store yesterday was a problem after being the kings of the village...



Second to food is visiting friends... each pig, cow, cat and dog gets a visit, pet and occasional carrot... as long as Kadin doesn't eat them first... Noah and Kadin also stop by no less than 20 houses to visit neighbors, housegirls, watchmen and gardeners... their favorite is "uncle" who watches the neighbors cow and speaks about 4 words of English... "Hi Noah and Kadin"...



I think the best part of the walks is Noah and Kadin learn Lugandan, Ugandan culture and see village life... it seems weird but Noah and Kadin have a better change at experiencing these things if Christine and I stay at home... if we went it would be continual requests for money and sponsorship as well as questions about the US... but with Joseline they just get to fit in and be part of the community...



Back at home the 2 weeks with dad was a mixture of playing in the mud and rain, outside hose baths, wearing whatever we want... which for Kadin was a plastic paint smock and santa hat only... eating microwave popcorn for dinner, white man dance parties and frequent stops for ice-cream... it was fun while it lasted but the three of us agree that normal life with mom is much better...

4 comments:

Sallie said...

Jeff - Does Kadin really wear a "satan" hat or is it a "santa" hat? Just curious.

Love, Mom

Teenietinyt said...

Chapter whatever in the new "Believe it or Not" series!!!!
hahahaha
I always laugh at these stories because I know there is NO exaggeration!

Sallie said...

Thanks for changing the spelling!

Mom

marcie said...

Joseline ROCKS!!!