Sometimes we see or experience strange things here that just make us laugh out loud. Laughter is generally welcome in this house, except when I am trying to make a really serious point and no one seems to be listening.

Anyhow, this week the kids have had several days off from school so they helped at the program with us. The women were enthralled by Lucy’s hair. They finally got enough courage to come up to her and they started stroking her head as I held her in my arms. Actually, it really just looked more like they were petting a cat. Lucy shrinked away a bit and buried her head in my shoulder. Not to be discouraged, the women started stroking my hair and Ewwing and Ahhing. I pet their hair back. Fairs fair right? That got a good laugh out of all of the woman.  Later, at a gas station, there was a repeat experience.  The woman were eyeing my hair.  Finally, I said, “Do you want to touch it?”   They both nodded enthusiastically, touched it, and then one woman said, “Is it real?”  To which I replied, “Of course it’s real!”  They then proceeded to ask me, “Does it grow?  How long?  You cut?”  To which I demonstrated how long it has been and described that yes I had cut it.   No weaves or braids from the supermarket on this mama.

At the market last week, after an hour of having each and every vendor call to me and ask if I needed this, or that, or whatcha ma call it, some man asked me if I needed some peas. Peas really are not my favorite, and I don’t think “Well, you know how they do that pop in your mouth…that is really gross to me” would translate, so I just replied, “No thank you, I just like sugar”. That man laughed so hard! Thank goodness these people get a little humor!

Lastly, today on our way home, on Garissa Road, which is the main road out of Thika that takes us to Karibu Centre, I saw a little dirty white Nissan off the side of the road, with 2 men struggling to put something in the trunk. Something big, white, and struggling…..and

it was a live goat! It looked like the goat was winning and I just pictured the person at the receiving end of the trip opening the trunk and pop! There’s a goat…kind of like a jack in the box, but on a much grander scale.

Anyhow, I hope you have laughed a little today. Laughter is a wonderful remedy. Love to all you family and friends……


8 thoughts on “LOL

  • Eve

    Only you would ask someone in return if you could pet them. That’s awesome. We’ll have to make sure to pet the kids a lot and line up outside your house for a sighting when you get back so they don’t miss it.

  • Er

    AWESOME. I love that you “petted” their hair right back. That had my LOL. Really.


    I meant “me” LOL, not “my”. Fast fingers over here. PS I’m changing my Commenter name to Amerika.

  • Natalie

    Hey, no worries about the soda. My mom put coca cola in my baby bottle, us being southerners and all. See. . . I turned out OK 😉

  • Bonita

    I just read your “Our Address/What to Send” tab. If the 8 lb package sent of 5/12 gets there it will have toys, candy, ziploc bags, seasoning packets – 9, McCormick spices: cumin seeds, curry powder, poultry seasoning, dried soups, Kraft’s Mac & Cheese – 5, cornbread muffin mix, tabouli salad, etc. Just so others don’t duplicate. Can’t remember what the 4 lb one had. Then box with crocs for kids & flip flops. Padded envelop with Smurf DVDs on 5/26. Glad the envelops are making it through.

  • Cindi

    Anne, it was so wonderful to talk by texting this morning, next time it will have to be longer.

  • Gail Hildenbrand

    Dear Anne and Ian,
    I am putting together Sunset’s next GO Team Newsletter and I would like to include an article on you/your family/your ministry, etc. Would you be willing to write a couple of paragraphs (I know that’s not much but better than nothing – who you are, where you are and why you are where you are!)and include a couple of photos of the four of you in Kenya I would be most appreciative. Blessings, Gail Hildenbrand

  • Eve

    is this your blag or your blog?

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