While out walking yesterday* I saw this boy (15) carrying some sliced up bamboo (and a bush knife.) I asked him what he was doing (in Pidgin) and he told me he was working on his house. I asked if I could watch him and he said yes. As we talked he explained what he was doing, which gave me the opportunity to learn more Pidgin (which is my current goal.) He also explained that he wasn’t at school that day because his clothes were dirty and they would throw him out if he showed up in dirty clothes.

After a while he either thought I was bored or got tired of me watching him work so he said he wanted to show me around his garden.** So I learned even more words. Then he showed me his family’s pigs and chickens. These are the chickens, which smell like chickens:

And this is a little to the right of that:

And a little bit more to the right:

That’s where some of his family sleeps and the fire that keeps them warm at night. I don’t know if they keep the chickens so close to their sleeping quarters for security or convenience. I do know, however, that it would be hard for me to fall asleep in there.

*The same walk with the pigs and the edible spider.

**Here a garden is not for flowers but for produce.

2 Comments
  1. Denise

    Maybe, he thought you asked if you could help and then he explained what he was doing and then when you didn’t help he showed you the chicken situation so you could help with that. It’s not all about you learning the language. It’s time to step up and start helping. 🙂 Seriously, though – would they have woven those walls themselves? Pretty interesting and so much to be thankful for.

    • Joseph

      It’s tough to help when my hands are full holding an ice-cold coke and a candy bar watching. (j/k)
      Yes, they weave the walls themselves.

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