Not letting my own issues get in the way... this was a wonderful day. I've never met a nicer group of people. We went in this morning for Mass and we were met at the door with fresh lei's for our heads from our friends Michaeila and her daughters. After Mass we were whisked off to our friend Sasario's house for his daughter to fry up some fish for us and give us some taro. They also had lei's for us and every time I looked at Andy I thought of that lemur on Madagascar with the flowers poking up out of his head... spitting image.
As we waited for the party to start, I suggested we go say hi to Michaeila and her family. When we got there, they asked me if they could decorate me in tumeric, as in the spice. I had seen a few people in church all dusted up, so I said sure. Saralee (or Juralee...not sure), made me take my shirt off so I was just wearing my bikini top and took a HUGE can of tumeric and covered me with it. Did you know tumeric was yellow? I do now. It's yellow (and takes more than one shower to come off). I'm not sure what this had to do with Mary's Ascension, but everyone seemed to really like it. Jake and Andy were wondering if it was just "seasoning." I assured them I wasn't fat enough, and it was just for local entertainment. They wanted to paint my face with lipstick as well, but I kind of drew the line. I have an aversion to lipstick, even in my own culture.
|Quite attractive, don't you think? Matches|
the flowers on my head nicely.
|Turtle meat from one turtle (and the fat too).|
|This is the fire that's used to loosen the shell from the turtle.|
If you look close you can see the tail sticking out on the right
hand side of the picture.
|Smoked fish to be rationed out.|
|People starting to bring their gift baskets.|
|Starting to hand out the baskets to everyone.|
|Everyone waiting to hear their names called.|
|The men mostly picked up the baskets and the women watched.|
|Our name was called! Look at that elaborate basket. |
It had a top and bottom put together by some sort of
|I think Andy looks like King Julian on Madagascar|
with his headdress on.
|We ended up having two baskets, but this one had the|
best goodies...crab, fish, bananas, papaya.
After many swims in the ocean (tumeric kind of stains the skin), a chick flick later (on a VERY small computer screen), and watching my son eat turtle, I have decided we really live an extraordinary life.
We have decided to stay a few more days to watch the "Christmas Drop." The US Airforce flies from Guam to many of these small islands and drops a Christmas package (with a parachute) full of stuff for the islanders. They're scheduled to come here on Wednesday and we thought that would be a site to see. Should be interesting.
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