Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Top 10 Reasons you Know you are Raising a Missionary Kid in Uganda

In many ways it is such a blessing to raise children overseas. They gain a different perspective on life and gain unique experiences. We have been laughing about some of the things our kids see as normal.

10.  You get to see African animals in wild. We occasionally see monkeys, bush rats and various exotic birds in our yard. You can also travel to a game park and see elephants, zebras, lions, leopards, antelope of different varieties, hippos, warthogs, etc.

9. Your kids talk in an Ugandan accent and say Ugandan phrases such as "slowly, slowly," "It is over," when the food runs out, and "It is paining me," referring to when something hurts.

8.  One of their favorite breakfasts is the local porridge. It is ground maize and soy, not highly nutritious but at least it is non GMO ;).

7.  They know how to ride a Matatu. Matatu's carry 15 passengers and are the closest thing to public transportation but they are very crowded and have no scheduled system.

6.  When you go back to the US the kids are constantly asking if they can drink water from the sink, and are amazed that you can.

5. When bra shopping in the local market your daughter knows it is abnormal for the bra seller to put a bra on over her clothes but you let her do it anyway. Janaya and I had a good laugh about this one!

4. Your kids play boda boda accident. Boda Boda's are motorcycle taxis.

3. Your kids play traffic police and even know how to try and ticket you for no reason.

2. They question every body of water. As we were siting at the doctors office watching Ugandan music videos one came on where people were dancing in a river. Eliana became quite concerned and asked, "Does't that water have diseases in it?"

1. Your kids think worms live in your skin and in your belly, not the ground.  One day while Cody and I were talking about worms (earthworms), Eliana asked if we were talking about the kind that grow in your skin or the kind that grow in your belly.

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