Some cultural things I experienced for the first time today:
1.) There was a ruckus occurring outside our surrounding wall. I watched to see what the fuss was about. I couldn’t quite figure out what was going on. I heard one of the ladies ask no one in particular, “Whose is that?” No one seemed to know. At first I thought perhaps there was an accident and someone’s motorcycle had been knocked down. Then I thought a subji walla’s (vegetable seller) cart had tipped over. But then I saw it - a cow had died. I watched as the men struggled to pick it up and place it onto a trolley to wheel it away. I assume they took it to be thrown into the river along with the other dead bodies - men, women, children, puppies (including one of our own, but that's another story), donkeys, and other cows.
2.) The press walla (people who press clothes) asked us for a mobile phone. They just wanted us to give them one. I already pay them double what press wallas in larger cities charge. AND I round up to the nearest ten. AND I just gave them some baby clothes for their new niece. Maybe I’m being too generous if they think we will give them a mobile phone too. ☺
Some cute things Little Pumpkin did today:
1.) During homeschool we are learning about the long U sound, so we took some time talking about the Universe. I asked her what three things she would take to the moon with her if she could only take three things. At first she said, “My teddy bear, my baby doll, and Sweet Pea. Oh, and you.” Then I tried to explain that she already had three things picked out so she had to decide which thing she would leave behind. She said she would leave Sweet Pea and take me instead. But then she said, “But I would miss her. And she would miss us.” So I told her to name the three things again and she said, “My teddy bear, my baby doll, and…um…ummmm....I don’t know.” I guess she just couldn’t decide between Mommy and her sister. But she sure knew she wanted her teddy bear and baby doll. ☺
2.) Later, Little Pumpkin was playing out in the sandbox and she was singing my new favorite song. It’s one she made up and it went something like this, “Obey your parents. Obey your parents. Obey your parents. Obey your parents” (And repeat).