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Published: April 11th 2007
This is a very common here, to see vendors carrying their merchandise on their heads as they solicit customers throughout the streets.
Haiti, an adventure that warms the heart.
Everything is good on our end and spring is definitely in the air here in Haiti. The mango tree branches are almost touching the ground, filled with ripening mangos. In one to two weeks time, there will be so many mangos to eat, that every child will have their face covered in mango. Rain is now becoming more frequent and the temperature at high noon is getting hotter and hotter, but the nights are still cool.
Over the Easter weekend, we set sail back to Montrouis to spend this holiday. It was nice to see some of the locals’ familiar faces and we took the opportunity to distribute some many needed articles which we had brought back from Canada. We grinned at one particularly appreciative man as he tried on a pair of sneakers we had purchased for him. He took care to slide plastic bags on his feet to make sure he didn’t dirty his new shoes. Another touching moment was when we gave a pair of reading glasses to a lady, she was so glad that she could now see clearly enough to thread a needle.
weeks ago, back in Grande Goave, we donated a soccer ball to a group of children. We found out yesterday that this ball is used seven days per week, for some 8 to 10 hours per day! We never imagined it could get that much use… It bewilders us to imagine how many feet have come in contact with this ball, and how smiles it has produced. Such a small gift, yet such a large impact!!!! We are even told that children from the neighboring villages make the journey to come and join in these soccer games.
Today the same group of kids showed up on the beach with long faces, as the ball in question has begun to fray and the stitching has come undone. Unfortunately, this is one of only two soccer balls we had brought back with us, and the other has already been reserved for another small needy group of kids. We told them we would try to repair the ball and asked them to return to see us in the morning. Annie is tackling this small rip with a needle and dental floss…. We are sure that the kids will be here soon to
Cocoyer beach, near the city of Miragoane.
reclaim this important soccer ball, and will surely return again in another week or so for some additional repairs. We have NEVER seen a ball get so much play time. We now wish we had brought many more, and of better quality, since their playing fields are on the rough side here (mud and rocks).
As for our Nasse (fish trap), well the good news is it has started to catch some fish, but no lobster for the moment. It makes us happy to see that some fish are going to needing families and, to be honest who cares if we never catch any lobster, it’s not really important, what is important is that we can keep the fish coming in for those who need it most.
We are doing a lot of diving and, up to this moment, we’ve unfortunately not located any sunken Spanish Galleons treasure ships! So the day dreaming will have to go on!!
To share a bit of Creole!!!, here are a few!!!
Kouman ou ye? (How are you?), Ki sa sa ye? (What is that?), Ki kote yo ye? (Where are they?), Se yon bon bagay pou apran kreyol. (It is
With all due respect, you can see that she has a great Ass!
a good thing to learn Creole.), Mwen tre kontan. (I am very gald.),..
Don’t forget to take a look at Annie’s recipe of the month!!
Annie & Eric
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