Dec 10: The Fight

Today’s low light was definitely Ciara. She is, we hope, on the tail end of her independent two and is still looking for ways of expressing her Independence. This afternoon she clearly needed a good, long nap but would not give in. It required an hour of each of our time, as well as much screaming, pleading, crying, and patience to finally get her to sleep. I’ll let you guess which emotions were ours and which were hers. This pretty much shot the entire afternoon.

Helping Out

Helping Out

Another challenge with being around our house all afternoon is that it gives the local kids lots of time to drop in. As part of our cultural adjustment we have been trying to have an open door policy, literally and figuratively. This meant that the afternoon was spent entertaining, feeding, and watering enough kids that we ran out of dishes by supper. Dinner included roughly 6 other kids and helpings were scarce. It is extremely difficult to send kids away when you know that they may not get any other food/water that day. Plus it really hurts Ariana, one of her greatest joys here is hosting other kids at our house. Given her challenges at school we have been trying to find other ways to compensate. By dinner time Nicole had had enough and decided to hide in our room while I fed and then sent off our visitors.

Ariana's Copycat Art

Ariana's Copycat Art

The days highlight was definitely Ariana’s drawing. She pulled out two pictures that a much older kid had drawn and did her best to copy them. It was really cute, she did a pretty decent job, and the whole time her body jumped around with, as my mom likes to call it, restless body syndrome.

Another highlight for me was the heavy rain we experienced at night. It started pouring around bedtime (actually just as I send off our visitors which made be feel a little guilty). We’ve had rain before and our house held up fine, but this time it was really coming down and began to leak in a couple of spots. Not a lot of rain but it seemed to shake up Ciaras view of the world. She started having panic attacks about the leaks and was just standing, shaking, and crying. It took a lot of concolance to get her to settle down. Then in the night Nicole woke me up with a shout as water was dripping right on her head! Now I don’t want to sound mean, but I found both of these experiences rather humourous considering the insignificance of the problem.

Neighborhood Fun

Neighborhood Fun

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