Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Happy Mothers Day, Amayi

It's Mother's Day in Malawi. This is a National holiday, so schools are closed. They print special chitenje fabric just for the occasion each year.

This also marks my first holiday as a teacher. I spent the day reading and playing with the neighbor kids. We did leaf imprints with crayons and played cards.

This evening I helped the kids pick mangos from a nearby tree. The mangos are small and unripe, but I guess to a kid it is better to eat now then wait two months for something better. They eat the mangos right off the tree, skin and all, with a bit of salt. Not my cup of tea, but they enjoyed it.

Then I chatted with some of the amayi (mothers) while they cooked dinner. I helped peel the stringy parts off the stems of the pumpkin leaves, then I helped pound peanuts into sinjiro (peanut flour), which was added to the pumpkin leaves and tomatoes as a side dish for nsima. All in all a good holiday!

So, in the spirit of the holiday, sing a little 80s Madonna with me. (For some reason I have had her old classic songs in my head off and on since I got to my site. Let's not analyze that too deeply.)

If we took a holiday
Took some time to celebrate
Just one day out of life
It would be so nice!

1 comment:

  1. Everybody spread the word
    We're gonna have a celebration
    All across the world
    In every nation
    It's time for the good times
    Forget about the bad times, oh yeah
    One day to come together
    To release the pressure
    We need a holiday

    Holiday Celebrate!
    Holiday Celebrate!

    You can turn this world around
    And bring back all of those happy days
    Put your troubles down
    It's time to celebrate
    Let love shine
    And we will find
    A way to come together
    And make things better
    We need a holiday

    Holiday Celebrate!
    Holiday Celebrate!