What a special day! One of the things I am most excited about, with this new venture is the relationships I get to build. Yes, I am so happy that Anchor Of Hope Box will be a financial help to these families, and that it will bring hope where hope has been wavering. But I love, I mean LOVE the relationships I am getting to build.
Last night we had two families from the Congo over to celebrate Labor Day. They brought their kids, who swam in the pool. They splashed around like it is the best thing in the world, and their giggles were contagious! Never mind that it was so cold they were shaking, they didn’t care.
We taught everyone how to play Uno. Seemed like a simple enough game, you don’t need a lot of English to be able to participate. I learned the word ‘kucheza’, which means ‘play’. They say it when you aren’t paying attention and it’s your turn.
Which I realized was directed at me a lot. 🙂 Those are my daughters in the photo. Check out the expression on the one on the right… she only has two photo faces- extreme cheesy-ness (which you see here), or what we call ‘super-grump-face’. Which is most of all other photos.
As it got dark, we built a bonfire. The goal was to introduce them to the American treat, S’mores. The men grab the wood and start chopping, they have shown us to a new way to chop wood! It takes about an 8th of the time, my husband was so impressed. They even did it while sitting in their seats, no need to stand and haunch over the splitting log. I pull out the chocolate and all the kids gather around… oh, now they are excited! “Chocolate, I love chocolate!” one of the kids exclaim in their sweet accent. The cuteness factor is through the roof! We show them the marshmellows, listening to them repeat it back to us. “Moosh-mellows?” This was new, they do not have these in Africa. I explain that we will roast it, then add chocolate and graham crackers…. They can’t wait. Their faces, oh my goodness, S’mores are a huge hit.
I ask if anyone wants anymore before I put them away. Anniela shoots her hand up and we all laugh. “How many have you had?” Someone asks her. I tell her, “Don’t feel bad, I could eat 3… you are a girl after my own heart.” She laughs loudly, “Six! I have had SIX!” Oooooh my…….. she has me beat. She has a stronger stomach than I.
We laugh and tell stories, funny stories. Our family tradition has always been to tell funny stories from when we were kids whenever we have a bonfire. We invite our guests to share in this tradition and they tell us how it is their custom too. In Africa, the village cooks together, over a fire much like this and they stay up late and talk of many things… history, politics, funny stories. It was a wonderful night. I’m so glad I have the opportunity to get to know these beautiful people.
Anchor of Hope Box will be a blessing to this family, they are artisans who will contribute to the subscription box. When you become a subscriber you are directly impacting these families, and more. Thanks so much for partnering with us in this new and exciting journey.