Friday, March 26, 2010
We hope you are enjoying your experience so far – better than you even expected – except for the whole “snake in the kitchen” episode.
The day before we heard about that, Jackson (6 years old) came down from his room holding three of his wild animal cards. He had sorted out the ones that could be found in South Africa and announced with some worry in his voice that, “These are the three animals that could EAT Karl and Julie!”
They were crocodiles, great white sharks and cobras.
I ASSURED him that all of those animals live VERY FAR from Karl and Julie – out in the wild.
But alas, the next day mom was proved wrong! (see the "snake video" if you missed it - http://vimeo.com/10096943)
So now every night Jackson also prays that you all don’t get eaten by crocodiles, great white sharks and cobras. This is in addition to him praying that there wouldn’t be any earthquakes either…so know that you are well covered in prayer by Jackson alone, but the rest of us are praying too – just for good measure.
Thanks, Jackson. We thought we lived VERY FAR from these animals too. But apparently in Africa your kitchen counts as “the wild.”
Friday, March 19, 2010
I took a poll of our fellow CPx students (from all of the world, including Africans) and asked “What do you love most about Africa – in 10 seconds?”
Top 10 Things CPx Students Love About Africa:
1. Food (freshest food in the world – especially fruits and veggies)
2. Natural Beauty (back-drop of the ocean, mountains and forest is truly amazing)
3. Soccer (the style of soccer looks more like a dance)
4. Wildlife (penguins, baboons, elephants, ostriches, etc.)
5. Colorful People and Diverse Cultures (a unique blend of western and African cultures)
6. Patterns on the clothing (so colorful)
7. Sun (most days are sunny and warm)
8. Joyful people (even in the worst of circumstances)
9. Hospitable, warm, open people (no one hesitates to invite you into their home for tea)
10. Most people speak multiple languages (as in- more than 2 languages – it’s impressive – I feel like they often have to accommodate the poor American that only knows 1 language)
Friday, March 12, 2010
I’m reading “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell (a book about the unexpected pattern behind success) and it talks about Roseto. They couldn't figure it out!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I keep using the wrong terminology and people look at me like they really want to understand - but honestly have no idea what I’m saying.
SOUTH AFRICAN TERMINOLOGY TO NOTE
1. AT A RESTAURANT
- "Take Away" food is "To Go" food
- "Chips" are "fries"
Do you want to take away your chips? (Do you want your fries to go?).
What I'm thinking: Please don't take away my fries.
- "Tumble Dry" is the "clothes drier" - as opposed to wash line drying
- “Nappy” is diaper
I'll change Emme's nappy then tumble dry her pants (I’ll change Emme’s diaper then put her pants in the drier).
What I'm thinking: Isn't "nappy" what Emme does in the afternoon while she's sleeping?
3. IN THE KITCHEN
- “Crockery” is “dishes”
- “Cutlery” is “silverware”
- A “serviette” is a “napkin”
- A “tap” is a “facet” (you "open" it - instead of "turning it on")
Throw away your serviette and open the tap to wash your crockery and cutlery. (Throw away your napkin and turn on the facet to wash your dishes and silverware.).
What I'm thinking: What??!?
4. ON THE STREET
- “To pitch” is to “show up”
- A “robot” is a “stop light”
- A “traffic fine" is a “speeding ticket”
- A “speed cob” is a “police man"
- “Skipped” for “ran through”
I didn’t pitch at the meeting because I got a traffic fine from the speed cop when I skipped the robot (I didn’t show up at the meeting because I got a ticket from the police man when I ran through the red light).
What I'm thinking: I don't get it! Whenever someone says "turn left at the robot" I can't help but picture Rosie, the Jetson's maid, out on the streets of Africa directing traffic.
5. AT THE BEACH
- Costume is a "swimming suit"
You're going to the beach? Let me get my costume! (You're going to the beach? Let me get my swimming suit!)
What I'm thinking: Wow! They wear costumes to the beach here? THIS I've got to see! It was very disappointing to realize a costume is only a swimming suit. If only we wore costumes to the beach!
Monday, March 1, 2010
Well, I can’t say I’ve ever been called a White-ie before. But I guess I am – a White-ie that is. I was with my White-ie husband and White-ie kids. We can’t help but feel rather pasty in all our whiteness.
Jensen however – doesn’t know she’s white – and I don’t think we’ll be mentioning that to her any time soon.
Here are some friends she's made in Ocean View.
Note: Ocean View is the least "poor" of three communities where All Nations works. However, it's plagued with unemployment, crime, rape and murder.