Thursday, June 7, 2012
Children Eating Ice Cream
Today's picture was taken in 1941 in Indiana, but it could have a been a picture from my childhood. The picture shows two children in coveralls sitting in the back of a pickup on a feed sack eating ice cream. Pictures like this really take me back.
Continuing to stay busy in East Africa. Yesterday we spent at the Mattaw Orphan Village. I am going to help them revamp their WEB site so we spent the day visiting with house parents and taking pictures of them. During the day I got this picture, which I really liked, so wanted to share it with you. Mattaw is set up with 4 three bedroom houses. Each house has a mother and a father, six boys and six girls. A bedroom has three bunk beds, so six boys stay in one room, six girls in another, and the house parents have their own bedroom. Then there is a common area, like a living room, and a small kitchen. There is no electricity, so all food is cooked over little charcoal stoves. The houses are small, but it is amazing how comfortably they accommodate 14 people. They do not feel crowded at all. They also feel very much like a real family. The meals are delicious, yet simple. For lunch, each mother would cook a huge pot of Ugali (somewhat like "grits" in the south, but much firmer) and Sumuwiki (Kale sauteed in garlic,onion and a little tomato). This is a delicious and nutritious meal. Every day the menu is different, but it is always simple. Good nutrition, ample portions, simple and affordable. The kids take their food and eat wherever . . . some might sit on the floor, outside with friends from other houses or maybe sit with the parents or visitors. Everyone gets plenty and everyone has plenty of company to enjoy the meal with.