I was too exhausted to write on Jonah’s
birthday but I am glad to report it was a great success. I decorated the salon
the night before and Jonah loved it when he woke up. We gave him some presents
in the morning because he was so
excited. In addition, he finally agreed to be called 5 years old. The night
before he screamed when we said he was 5 – he is a very precise young man.
Yeah crazy boy. We had the kids from
Dragon Lady and the BBQ and cake were a great success. Mary from Dragon Lady
helped out by making hamburger buns which we had forgotten about till 2 hours
before the party.
Jonah got a lot of phone calls to wish him
well – his phone manner is still pretty shaky. He basically shouts or whispers
and no one ever understands him.
Despite that – I know it meant a lot for him to have all his family remember
I had the insane idea of a sleepover that
night which was latched on by the kids. It seems thrilling to sleep somewhere
else when you are five years old. They watched a new movie Jonah got from
Grandma Barbara and Grandpa Jonny. They played with the very cool space/rocket
setup thang that Jonah got from Grammy Rita. The other gifts waited till he
could focus – he was very excited that day. The sleepover went well – they
slept like rocks but woke up at 5:30. I promptly introduced them to the VCR and
tried to sleep some more.
We have been doing a bunch of snorkeling
around here and it is the best snorkeling I have ever done. The tops of the
coral heads are perfect snorkel depth and the life on them is everything you see
deeper (except for big fish). They have the most amazing giant clams around
Yesterday I burned our three huge bags of
stinky trash on the beach. I asked at the Turtle Breeding Station. The guy said
“oh just throw it in the bush if its paper or cans.” Yeah – sanitation
disposal is still a very new concept in most of the third world. At least that
gentleman recognized plastic is different. Most of the these cultures only had
biodegradable trash and just threw it in mulch pits. They are not really tuned
into the special problems of plastic. I was told that in
Yesterday I taught Jonah Chinese Checkers
and regular checkers (a gift from Uncle Danny) – phew it was tough for Jonah
to learn all the rules and to try to think about the whole game board in a
strategic way. Its good intellectual work out for him. Next Chess! Hey it was a
Today its raining and I don’t think we are
leaving. The sail to Benga is overnight and would be a major drag in the rain.
The winds are very light and fluky. So we wait.
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