One thing a person will most likely notice upon coming to Lagos is how simply everyday people out on the streets live. I used to notice it all the time, but now, I am sad to say , that many times, I am able to see past alot of the people walking and selling things along the busy streets of Ikoyi and V.I. But, while I was taking Elizabeth to school this morning, I saw this man. I remembered a post I had done the first year I was here and how it struck me so much the fact that some people had to go back and forth to haul water here all day. Now, I probably see this 10 times a day when we are out and I haven't really paid too much attention. For some reason this morning, it struck me about how I felt seeing these men when I first moved here...
I remember when someone asked me to teach Sunday School here. The first thing I thought was
" How am I going to do this without Target and Michael's to get supplies?" Well,
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to tell you that I have been teaching Sunday School(volunteering) for almost two straight years here in Lagos with nothing but glue sticks, construction paper and markers ( which I brought over with me)....and an occasional print out from the computer. And the crafts we have done haven't been too bad. I know I would never have used that "creative" part of my brain in the U.S. Things are just a lot easier there. But, it turns out that trying out that "creative" side may be a little uncomfortable...but it can be very exhilarating, too.:)
So, when Elizabeth wanted to have a Dora the Explorer birthday party, I wasn't as panicked as I would have been a few years ago. Of course, over the summer, I had brought a few Dora things in our shipment, but hadn't really thought about the actual party.We needed the "back pack" for each guest...which I did not bring in the shipment. I am sure I could go trudging off to Balogun to try and find something...but I just don't have it in me.....thank God I found this site, voila....you really can make a back pack out of construction paper!!!!
one balloon ( check)
flour and water ( check and check)
a few crap pieces of tissue paper to look like flowers ( check)
and voila....a pinata!