Saturday, June 14, 2008

Paani Paryo

It is raining to beat the band here today.

In the early afternoon, we had a brief respite. Hannah took the older children to the college campus to play soccer on a game-length field, while Brittany and I took the younger (and non-soccer playing) children to an amusement park by Mahendrapul and then for ice cream. These were successful outings on both accounts.

Hannah began with boys against the girls and then 8 neighborhood children showed up, so it became the Sam’s House gang against them. We prevailed 3-2. If you had money on this game, the payout was…

The amusement park was really nice, but more like a playground. All the rides (20 rupees for admission, no ride tickets) were “spinners” but in different forms, like the merry-go-round, airplanes, and tea cups. The children loved it. I got nauseous just watching.

Again time is short and I’m prioritizing pictures. On Monday, we’re taking Manju back to her village to visit her grandmother. I wanted B & H to see what a typical rural village is like and also to get some sense of how our children lived before Sam’s House. I think it will be a good trip. Dinesh is coming along which always makes it more fun.

Have a great weekend.

CB


It's only 8:15 in the morning and already Rina has a good nose and lip sweat going. The other day, the bus was loaded and ready to go after school. It was 4:30p. The teachers noticed that Rina was not on the bus. After a long search, they found her on the playground, hiding for fun. The bus did not make dropoffs until 5p. The teachers were not pleased. The next morning, before school, all four didis and Laxmi were talking to Rina at the same time about not being "badmas" (naughty) today. I pity the poor fella who one day decides to ask her out...


Rina and Pratima arranging shoes.


Miss Laxmi (Mrs., actually) and Maya.


Zerberts all around for Sandip.


Kiran and Binita on the playground.


We went on a hike one afternoon to the top of a hill across the river from Sam's House. You can see an observation tower at the very top and I've always wanted to go up there but lacked sufficient motivation. B and H and I walked up the other day, in 90+ heat. It took much longer than the one hour I expected. More like 2.5. Also, the path is not very clearly marked and we lost our way at one point.

From high above we heard two high-pitched voices yelling to us, yelling directions, it turned. We started following their commands, zig-zagging back and forth on this hillside, occasionally hearing them squeal when we made a wrong turn. It was pretty funny. When we reached the top of that part of the hill (about 2/3 the way up) we met two sisters who had been out cutting grass and collecting it in those baskets.

They led us to the next part of the trail and we laughed to watch them scurry past us with no effort and no missteps at all, like cats. It was incredible


Our guide, who looked to be about 10-11 years old, and who claimed to be having a school holiday, but I suspect that wasn't the case. More like her parents needed or kept her home to work.

I like this picture because it reminds me in many ways of how bad ass Nepali children are, especially the girls, which is one of the reasons I think my wife became so fond of this place. They are, comparatively, so much more independent and capable at their ages. Look at this girl--carrying a hand sickle, a basket strapped to her head, cutting grass in the 90 degree heat, running across the hillside in foam flip-flops, and reaching out to help strangers. Competence, strength, industry, and kindess. And yet she is not going to school.


B & H are celebrating...


... this view of the Pokhara valley.

1 comment:

Sheila said...

Rina sounds like my kind of girl, but I can see how that leads to lots of frustration for the House. I'm guessing she was in the group who loved the spinning rides. :)

Thanks for keeping us up-to-date with stories and pics.