I think God must have known that I needed a good laugh today.
I began creating profiles for our children so that when people inquire to sponsor them they have photos and information on hand of each child. In Haiti there are three levels of Kindergarden, so many of the children who I were interviewing today are brand new to the whole school idea.
The first week when school started there was the long lesson of – What do you mean I can’t just pee wherever I’m standing? What’s a bathroom?
And of course – I miss my mom!
And just the complete distraction of uniforms and pencils and chalk and all the other exciting things that come along with going to school for the first time.
The questions that I was asking today were about family and eating and favorite subjects. Mostly fun questions, but some are needed for medical history, hygiene, needs, etc.
However, starting with the four-year old class probably wasn’t the best idea since kids are kids no matter where you are and just because they live in the worst poverty in the Western Hemisphere they are just as unaware of everything past playing with cars and singing.
I got some of the best answers today trying to figure out things about these children.
A few went something like this:
“What’s your Mom’s name?”
“No, not her nickname. What is her real name?”
“That’s it. Her sur name is Little Lady.”
When asking what these K-1 students would like to be when they grow up, I got a range of answers, including:
“A woman who answers phones for people.”
“All of them. I want to be everything there is.”
“rice.” (No joke. That was her answer.)
Another question, “Does your mom have a job?”
I got one boy who said, “Yes – My Dad works and then pays my Mom to cook me food.”
and one boy proudly proclaimed, “Yes she has a job!”
“Well what is her job?”
“Each morning she bathes me, gives me food and sends me off to school.”
Ahhhh, kids. They’ll getcha every time.
Enjoy your Thursday folks. Laugh a little.