In honor of Thanksgiving, here is a list of things I am NOT thankful for:
Cold Showers. Our water hasn't been working right, so I had to take a cold shower. Mommy says she pretends she's in a prison camp and then it doesn't seem so bad. I say let's escape this prison camp or die trying!
Bug Bites. I'm being eaten alive. We practice counting by counting my mosquito bites. I had nine the other morning – five on one arm, two on the other, and two on my face. At this rate I'll be counting to kajillion soon.
Face Washing. I HATE it! In the bath, after I eat, before I go to the bed. I do not like it here or there. I do not like it anywhere. Especially ear washing.
The Word "No" (or "Nee"). Why do Mommy and Daddy persist in stopping my fun? I like to pretend I don't understand when Daddy tells me not to dive off the bed. He just catches me by the ankles, pulls me back, and I can dive off again. It is lots of fun.
Jump Ropes. I can spot a fake computer cable/extension cord a mile away – please don't try to fool me, guys. I like the REAL thing.
Malaria. Rutendo is gone this week cuz her mommy has malaria.
Now for the things I AM thankful for!
Mangos. The mangos on our two trees are getting ripe! I had a mango banana smoothie the other night – yum!
Peek-a-Giggle. I was lying with Mommy on the bed the other night. She fell asleep first, but woke up because I kept kicking and giggling. I was playing peek-a-giggle with the sheet – kicking and waving cuz it was so much fun!
Djuba Church. On Sunday I went with Daddy to the Djuba church site. It is a pretty setting – lots of trees and green gardens around. The ladies cooking the food for the workers were really nice. There were baby chicks to see, eucalyptus trees to smell, and my favorite game (the "drop-the-book-onto-the-dirt-over-and-over" game) to play.
Bath Time. That is, warm baths. Now that I can move, I can get to all those bathtub toys without having to splash really hard.
No Dog Poop. Our gardener is back this week! No more dog poop on the lawn!
Walking. Put me on my feet and you'd better be ready to move with me. I have places to go and things to do! I have learned how to step over the net when walking on the table tennis table. I am also practicing walking down the stairs.
Letters and Comments. Hearing from grandma and all my friends is cool! Just wish I could see you all!
Books. You can judge a book by its taste. Of course, the ones with pretty pictures taste better.
Long Hair. OK, so it doesn't qualify as long yet, and Mommy still can't do anything with it yet, but it IS long enough to pull, and I like pulling my own hair.
There are lots of other things I'm thankful for, too, like clean dry diapers, computers, extension cords, lizards with blue bobbleheads, Mommy & Daddy, and Groban the dog.
And now to end with the traditional Thanksgiving prayer:
Thank you, God, for foods that are yummy
And for the nice feeling of a very full tummy!