-When we eat here at training camps, the kids drink water or lemonade that's cold but doesn't have any ice. Last night we took the kids out to eat for the first time (that was an experience!) and they all got ice water. Little Isaac took the lid off his cup and said, "Auntie Taylor, what?" (Which is his way of asking, "What is this?" His English is not very good...yet.) I thought he wanted a refill, but he said no. Then I realized he had never had ice before! I showed him how to take a piece out and suck on it. As I watched, his eyes got as big as saucers and he gave me that signature grin of his. He is now a huge fan.
-Yeshoda is our little girl from Nepal. When we take showers at night in the locker room, I kept noticing that she would keep the water off until the very end of her shower when she was ready to rinse off. When I asked her about it, she could not respond (again, the language barrier). It was quickly explained to me that in Nepal there would be such a water shortage that they would go weeks without a shower. She was scared to use up all our water, but very happy to hear that there is plenty of water in America!
-Speaking of showers, the Ugandans will think up any scheme to stay in the shower. That is one of their favorite times of the day! It is amazing what we take for granted.
-All the kids have enormous appetites. I'm not sure if they are actually hungry, or if they just want to eat as much as they can while they have the chance. They can easily eat twice as much as I do, and still say their hungry. They are very particular about how they eat their food (i.e. eating the hot dug bun by itself and then the hot dog, or spooning up the milk in the bowl and then eating the soggy cereal alone). They have also discovered the joys of ketchup. I am convinced that if we gave them a plate of nothing but ketchup for their meals, they would be perfectly happy. They like it on EVERYTHING, including green beans. I refused to put it in the applesauce, though.
They are such a blessing to us already. I can only imagine how much we will love them by the end of the year. They are the most affectionate children I have ever come across. Putting them to bed at night is one of my favorite times...yes, because the days are exhausting and we finally get a break, but also because they are never satisfied with only one hug. We have to circle around to each bed several times before they feel as if they've had enough. We don't mind one bit!