Children

Posted: January 4, 2011 in Haiti, Uncategorized
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In the village of Barrier Judie there are a lot of kids. As a matter of observation, most of the people in Haiti are young. Every day we head up to the work site, stop for a load of cement, then drive into the jungle to start building. All day we are the focus and fascination of the local children. They don’t have much else to do than watch us work, and trail us between tasks- trying to hold our hands and shouting our names at every opportunity.

These kids have no curricular or extracurricular activities. The boys have no structure, and the girls spend a lot of time carrying water from the well to wherever. They’re pretty fricken cute- but I’m getting a reputation as a grumpy person, because it’s really hard to work on creative solutions when you’re surrounded by children shouting in a language that sounds like flubber.

I’m starting to be in charge of a little crew of people, and I’m finding that the adults didn’t grow up with much structure, either. Of course, it doesn’t help to get them organized when I don’t speak flubber very well. Big hand gestures, and lots of words in english that don’t apply to what you’re doing. I should try monologuing about bacon and chocolate while showing them how I want the place painted. Is that wrong?

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Comments
  1. valeavy says:

    “I should try monologuing about bacon and chocolate while showing them how I want the place painted. Is that wrong?”

    Just make it fun, Jimmy. Whatever it takes!

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