Anyway, back to the Gambian children. For the most part, the little ones, especially the ones I know, are the favorite part of my day. I'm pretty bad at hiding my favorites too, though I try. Even on the worst days, the kids on my compound can make me crack a smile. If there is one thing I have a lot of over here, it's thinking time. Recently, that thinking time has been devoted to thinking about how the kids play. Early on in my service, I had heard somebody say that Gambian kids don't often play or have fun. However, the kids in my compound definitely play and have fun, especially the littlest ones.
Refreshing ways I have seen children playing over here:
- Making Mudpies/ Sculptures
- Pretending to cook
- Playing and Building with the Jenga blocks (supplied by me)
In other news: Real life donkeys are more Eeyore, less Donkey (as in from Shrek). That reference would flow a lot better if Eddie Murphy had insisted on a more creative character name.