A Friend In Need Is A Friend, Indeed!
Written by: The Bridge on Monday, May 15th, 2006
Because, the children eat with the adults, things can sometimes get quite interesting. At some meals, one little boy will get it into his head to show off for everyone, no matter how many times he’s asked to sit down, he will still keep at it. Another day, half the school children and ‘buem’ have to line up and get ‘flogged’, because they haven’t cut their hair short enough (Apparently it’s required in school that your hair be kept quite short). They use a cane. The older the boys get, the louder it whistled through the air, and goes ‘tuck’ on their hand.
Two days later, they were all supposed to get spanked for being late for school. Lucky for them, my dad managed to get them out of it with a warning. He also told the parents that it was their fault as much as the childrens and in true Eddie Vetter style suggested, that maybe the parents need to be spanked! It worked! They’ve come to breakfast in their school uniform since then and we’ve heard no more threats of spanking.
One morning at breakfast, little Rose couldn’t decide where she wanted to sit today, so this little boy named Edidiong led her from table to table, but nothing would do. He just gave up and left her to her own deciding. Eventually, she decided she wanted to sit at her older brother’s place at the table, so she tried to push him off the bench. He ignored her completely, except for a tiny, little smile that hovered around his mouth and kept dipping his piece of white bread into his tea and calmly ate away. There he sat, five or six years old, and his tiny one and a half year old sister was working desperately and very stubbornly to push him off his place. First with her hands, then with her head and then with her voice. The whole dining room was laughing already and finally mom came to the rescue and put an end to the affair.
Another day we heard a loud howl of disappointment, a little girl went running over to her father, Gody Major, and threw herself against him in tears. The cup he had just raised to his lips splashed all over the table and he, quite surprised, bent over his little daughter’s braided head to see what she wanted. He then stood up and quietly asked the women something. Getting a negative answer, he returned to his daughter and gave her his bowl of rice. She seemed quite content with that and brought him her portion of rice and peace and quiet returned. The problem was that there aren’t enough bowls in the kitchen. The ones we do have are very ‘vergrintet’ and many are burnt on the outside from getting too close to the fire. There are hardly enough for five on a table and the sixth person has to eat out of the lid. Apparently this little girl didn’t get a bowl and didn?t want to eat out of the lid.
On our table, because it seats eight people, sometimes three different people have to wait their turn for a bowl. It’s a good thing that we have at least a half hour to eat, instead of the fifteen minutes that many colonies get at home! My mom and me share most of the time. When we cleaned a storage room we found some spoons and cups that we could put to use, so now at least we don’t have to wait our turn for spoons and cups, but the bowl situation remains the same. We’d really appreciate it if some kind hearted community found some nice hard plastic bowls for us (Melmack or something like that) and send them via DHL. We need at least a hundred, if we get more then that, we would be very grateful for that too. Please! Do this small deed! I don’t think any of you, who haven’t yet seen it, can imagine the poverty here and how much your help is needed. I’ve been hearing about it for more than half my life and still I was shocked by it. Help these people just a little more than you already have and I am sure that God will bless you that much more in return.
Showing 12 comments
On: 15th May, 2006 at 22:14
Wishing you all the best on your journey. I wish you God’s blessings to continue with what you are doing in Nigeria. It is interesting to read what you are doing there. So may God bless you.
Janice Odanah .
On: 16th May, 2006 at 19:36
Hi Talitha, Nice to hear that you are really enjoying yourselves…wishing you lots of good health and Gods’ protection…really love all that information that we get so often…anyway have a great time..
Irvin Kleinsasser said:
On: 16th May, 2006 at 21:47
All of Gods richest blessings on what you are doing in Nigeria. I hope you dont end up with 500 bowls. If anyone is intending to send bowls to Nigeria post it on the blog so that we dont end up with too many. Just a thought.God bless.
Irvin Kleinsasser, Crystal Spring
On: 16th May, 2006 at 22:22
Wow!! well said…. now we will all go looking for bowls…..and you will get (well hopefully more then you need)
On: 16th May, 2006 at 22:53
WOW! Who would have thought there could be a lack
of bowls or spoons. One thing it make me realize
even more now is how good we have it.
God bless you all for what your doing
On: 17th May, 2006 at 15:09
This is almost hilarious! But I bet it wouldn’t be if that “tuck” stung my hand…
Wonderfully interesting entry! Hope Edward Vetter gets his point across…
Wishing you all the best.
benji h. said:
On: 17th May, 2006 at 22:18
hey there talitha, this stuff is really interesting, keep up the good work, in more ways than one… God bless, you are always in our prayers
On: 18th May, 2006 at 15:40
Consider the need for bowls met. We will send them via DHL as per Edward Veter’s instructions in the latest post.
On: 18th May, 2006 at 21:04
Very interesting blog.. i check everyday for an update. May God bless you and the pple in Palmgrove.
g r w said:
On: 18th May, 2006 at 22:00
Hi there in Palmgrove
Interesting…keep it up.God Bless You!
On: 22nd May, 2006 at 14:58
These stories are soooo lieb! and the pictures of the children! Makes them more real to us back here. Stay strong, all.
Marian Clearwater said:
On: 26th May, 2006 at 00:00
God bless you in your mission, it
makes you realize how fortunate we are.