Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Pox on the House!

No, not that serious, but it is nostalgia-inspiring (and a little heartbreaking) to observe that Sam's House is undergoing a chicken pox outbreak. It started about 10 days ago with Chija and has slowly spread to 12-14 children, some of whom are better now and others who have recently contracted the virus.

The didis--minus Pramila who got it--quickly responded creating a sick room in the little boys bedroom (first floor) and then reorganized the second floor bedrooms to accommodate the unafflicted boys. Because of the number of sick people quarantined, some of the healthy children have had to bunk up with their siblings. The other night Sarita, Manju and Pratima shared one twin bed while Maya, Dipa and Kiran shared another. The power was out so there was no fan and the room must've been 90 degrees. And Pratima slept in jeans! Like a rock, hardly bothered. Hahaha.

The hardest part has been walking by the sick room. The children are covered in Calamine lotion and looking miserable and bored while their siblings run around outside. We set up a computer in their room to show movies but that only holds attention for so long, especially for the younger ones like Bibek and Rina.

On a positive note, the newest children seem like they've been living at the house for years. Their siblings have made them feel at home immediately. Dipika (Dipa's biological sister) is the new baby and accordingly pulled to and fro by Ganga, Jamuna, Sandeep and several others. She has the most pleasant disposition (unless the pulling becomes too energetic) and walks around like she owns the place. Not quite the same attitude as Rina years ago, but the same confidence.

Rina, speaking of which, is still Rina. (pictures to follow... too slow to upload right now)

Ganga and Jamuna, who arrived last year and were extremely quiet, now talk constantly and run around with ceaseless energy. Hilarious to watch.

The children have midterm exams this week so they're be very busy in the afternoons studying for the tests with Shiva, the new house tutor. He is an exceptional teacher, as evidenced by the children's high marks. He's also a talented guitar player (video to come) and leads the crew in sing alongs which is a lot of fun.

So that's the report for now... have to run. Thank you so much for your support. I'm proud to say that your donations are well cared for and the children are most grateful.


1 comment:

Brittany Jablonsky said...

Jennifer ji and Chris ji,

Oh no, what great timing, for you guys to be there when everyone is sick! Ugh. But it sounds like you're making the best of it.

Please tell everyone hello from me, and that I am thinking about them! I CANNOT WAIT to see all your pictures. I probably won't even recognize the kids--I'm sure they've changed so much.

Enjoy the rest of your time at the house, and have a safe trip home!