Monday, April 20, 2009

A Real African Mom


For fun, Joe Joe tied up Sawyer in the official African fashion last night. You take a large piece of cloth (also used here as skirts, shawls, shirts, diapers, blankets, and everything else), lean forward, hike him up on your back and then tie the cloth around in the front. He then sits there, head bobbing and looking out to the world. All of our neighbors do this while washing dishes, sweeping floors, washing clothes, tending and planting fields, walking to town, and everything else that makes up a day. Joe Joe just did it while making a sandwich.

It's been amazing how much more we've been welcomed and respected in our village as parents than when we were viewed more like kids. Maybe now we can really pass off as just another person in the village!

2 comments:

brady said...

wow, that's so cool! Props to you, Joe Joe!!

Ashlee said...

It's true having a son moves you up in the ranks but you still have that whole Mzungu issue...