Thursday, October 05, 2006

Termite Mounds and More

Life in Ghana continues to be an adventure. We will try to keep this to the highlights.
Highlight #1- Termite Mound
So termites here in Ghana are much larger than termites that we are familiar with in America. They build giant mounds for their home, and the dirt is such an unusually hard compound that it is used for the inside of kilns here. There is an entire food chain surrounding the termite mound. Lizards eat termites. Snakes eat lizards. Therefore, snakes live by the termite mounds. One of John's assignments to do with the kids is to take down some of the termite mounds that regularly sprout up around here. It's pretty wild. They actually have to dig the mound deep into the ground, because it will not be dead until they kill the chief. You will know when you get the chief, because it is larger than the others (if you hold it up, it stretches the length of your palm) and has a big white globular thing on top that holds water. If there is a drought, then the other termites can go and get water from the chief. So, as of yet, John and the guys have not yet found the chief, and they must keep digging.
Highlight #2- Gekkos Among Us
Gekkos are a regular part of life here. As we are eating in the dining hall, which is really quite nice by African standards, I might glance up to see a gekko scampering from the curtain to the top of the wall. While sorting clothes, it is quite often that one with hop out at us, which is quite alarming. The most disgusting part of all this is the eggs that you find. They are very small and white and fall out of things that gekkos think are lovely nests, i.e. old cushions that have been stored. I really try not to scream, but it is difficult. One of the missionaries here informed me that as they do not bite and they do eat the bugs, they really are not all that bad. Good point, but it would take me a long time to learn to like them.
Highlight #3- Ghanaian Children
The children here really are precious. All of them have really short hair, and there are 3 sets of triplets and at least 3 sets of twins, so learning names is really an uphill battle. The girls all get their ears pierced 8 days after they are born, and that is the dead giveaway to whether it is a boy or a girl. It is a blast to work with them, but presents unique challenges. Our points of reference are very different, to say the least. They have seen many American movies, so they have a dim understanding of America, but when I asked if they knew what McDonald's was, I only drew blank expressions. Life really is joyful with them. A group of kindergarter's tasted honey for the first time this week. Kofi was later telling me about it. He said, "Please, Auntie, I had honey for the first time. Bears also eat honey, please." So cute.

I need to stop typing, as this is a very long post. We are going to upload some pictures soon, and I will write when we do. Hope all of you are doing well! Thanks for the comments.


Scott & Jo said...

It is wonderful to read your blog. I hear the termites like to snuggle with foreigners - I guess there are bed bugs everywhere!?? Seth would like for you to bring home a gekko. We are continually praying for you two. May God richly bless your willingness to faithfully serve Him. Go Hogs Go! Beat Auburn!! Scott & Jo

Anonymous said...

So, uh, there were two muffins in an oven...

It sounds pretty stinkin' awesome if you ask me. Have you seen one of those teranturlers? Or what about one of those really big, gray African nosey things?

I am praying for you guys right now--may he be glorified in all
that goes on. Keep on weaving on!!

In Christ,

Clayton--Steadfast Sable, LC

MOM said...

Thanks for the highlights. It's so fun getting to keep up with what you two are experiencing. How exciting for you!! By the way, hows the straw rolling? :) Love & prayers

Anonymous said...

Hey, John and Carol. Just a quick note to let you know that I'm following your adventures via your blog, and that I'm praying for you.

John, sorry we didn't get to talk before you left - we'll definitely talk when you're back home.

Mark Walker

Anonymous said...

...and one muffin turns to the other muffin and says...

I'm praying for you guys. Keep on rockin' on...

Steadfast Sable