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.

DOMESTIC UPDATE:

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.


10 comments:

  1. We are so regulated. It is now illegal in many states to ride in the back of a truck. Somebody mentioned yesterday about the local Health Department wanting to inspect home kitchens of people who sell food at bake sales. What rubbish! Where is this country gong?

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  2. Love my ice cream!

    Thank you for painting a picture of the every day life there at Mattaw. It helps me picture what is going on.

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  3. My comment would be the same as Myrtle's. When I was a kid, we'd beg to ride in the box of the pickup, and our parents would let us do it. You saw it all the time. Now, it's illegal here.

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    1. "like" this comment . . . for sure! I and my sibs begged to ride in the pickup bed. I saw it the other day in Missouri . . . and wondered just when the vehicle would be pulled over and ticketed. Hope they got home!

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  4. To add, I often joke with my own kids that something we did as a kid was "before the invention of safety". Seems there were a lot of things like that.

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    1. AHH, safety, it's that thing that saves us from our selves.
      If it wasn't for safety we would be a lot smarter race, because we would have weeded out all those idiots that still do really dumb things.

      But you hear about car accidents where the some one got ejected from the vehicle and killed all the time because they didn't buckle up their seat belts.

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  5. The back of that pickup has certainly seen a lot of hard work. It looks like the boys are sitting on a bag of cement, but it's much different than today's paper bags of cement that you see in Lowe's or Home Depot.

    What's also interesting is that the boy's hair style is similar to today's popular style for boys with the 'fade'.

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  6. Darling photo!! What cute kids!! Also love the update from Mattaw. Lovely mother and again cute kids. Love this site. lam IL

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  7. Oh such fun We were made to sit down or the offender was made to ride in the cab, usaly on moms lap, or made to walk. Ahen, I remember it well.

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  8. That is me & my old pal Danny (or could be) in the back of his Grandpa's old pick up, way, way back when.
    Man, those were the days.

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