Nov 14, 2013

Dinner Conversations with Ceci

One of my favorites parts of the day, going to the back area of the compound and having my dinner with Ceci and usually Stefan. (And Renee we miss you everyday and we remember you always !!!)

Everyday I usually get to the back between 5:30 and 5:45pm. Dinner is always ready, Ceci waits for me to get there so I can ensure she does not give me more than I can eat. She thinks I am 14 years old and that I should eat as much as Stefan, I have to explain to her everyday, my body does not burn as much energy and I always get her to decrease my portion of carbs, usually rice or noodles.

What I most love about dinner are the conversations. The back area is always quite and 99% of the time there is a cool breeze that settles in with us and keep us great company.

Sometimes we cover topics that make no sense how we get there. Tonight is an example. A few trips ago, I brought Stefan a very cool Hawaiian type shirt with long board surfing boards. He was wearing the shirt today so I asked Stefan if he knew what the boards were used for. As I started explaining Ceci asked me if the surfer used a paddle, so that started a 10 or 15 minute conversation that to the best of my ability explained SURFING.

Last night Stefan was sharing that his teacher was telling them about Antarctica and that only scientist study there, somehow Ceci heard that the place was completely covered with ice and we had a conversation about the poles, we showed her the map and she could not imagine a place where everything is "ice, ice" and "cold always."

Tonight we were on the topic of Stefan not liking to take baths when he was little, he does not like cold water. He asked me at home in Atlanta do we have hot water in the bathroom. I detailed how the faucet has the hot and cold selection and then I explained what a water heater is and does - and Ceci said she was afraid to have a fire in the house heating up the water.

One night I told her to thank the Pineapple vendor in the market, as everyday I have the best sweetest pineapple ever. That lead to me explaining the Pineapple Rice dishes made at most of the Thai and Vietnamese places I frequent in Atlanta. She understood the rice dish to be sweet. I told her I will get an image from Google Plus and show how it is sometime served inside of a hollowed out pineapple.

And 2 days ago, there was a visitor, one of Kwame's friend was here from the UK. He said something to Ceci about Stefan being on Facebook - and that lead to me trying to explain what Facebook is to Ceci. I did not do a very good job. All she knew was that STefan should not be spending his time doing "these things".

And last stay tuned for the update on the dinner conversation about "our friends the bats". It is a long story, I need to do some research to confirm part of the story and then I will post a full update.

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