Saturday, May 06, 2006

Games with the Girls

Today Kendra and I went to spend some more time with the girls at the Ang Bahay Parola House and to bring them the bags of clothes and shoes we had gotten with the donation from Chip. Ike was our driver again today, which was great because he came inside last time and the kids loved him. It's always nice to have at least one person who speaks Tagalog there...sometimes the kids either don't remember that we don't speak their language, or they don't know quite enough English to get their thoughts across (of course, there is one little 9-year old girl who doesn't speak any words at all, but we can always understand what she's trying to communicate!).

Last night we thought up some words that we could use for a Pictionary game, and I bought a bunch of 4'x4' sheets of drawing paper and some markers and crayons. We spread them out on the floor and the girls had a great time. We split the group (about 16 of them) into 2 teams and had them compete to see which team could guess the word first. This caused massive amounts of competition- the girls would run up to us and scream what they thought the answer was (in either English or Tagalog) and go crazy if their team won. They did have trouble with a few words that we thought would be OK- I guess a rabbit isn't very common to them, as well as starfish, toes and baby blanket.

We then flipped the paper over and drew outlines of their feet and had them put their names inside the feet. A bunch of them stood inside their foot shapes for this picture.

Then, of course, they wanted to go up on the roof and run around like always. Some played with a plastic ping-pong set while others just wanted to be picked up and tossed around. Ike then organized a relay game using the pingpong paddles to balance the balls.

Kendra's Note:
Yes, we returned to visit the girls today again, and we had a great time! It is, however, a good thing these girls are charming. They have a habit of greeting me first with a hug and kiss and then squishing my belly and saying "Baby?" ... ummm - no, no baby ... "Just fat?" ... sure, a little bit. I guess you can't really blame them for being curious. And I think it is not meant to be insulting because they generally turn around and say I am Barbie.

One thing Tim failed to mention is that although our Pictionary game was a big success, I did have a little bit of a short staffed team for awhile. Everyone wanted to be on the team with Tim and Ike! I was like "Hey! These are girls with crushes! Help a sister out!" Soon enough things got a little more even.

After the game we broke into smaller groups and Tim even had a human knot game going. I learned some more hand games (clapping of hands in some routing like the "Big Mac, Filet of fish song") and mostly caught on to them.

We are getting to know more of the girls a little better, which is nice. I am a little afraid of getting too attached to some of them, since we won't be here forever. However, even though it will be sad to leave some of them behind, better to try to make a positive impact than sit at home because you don't want to miss someone.

In addition to all the activities, we did give the clothes and shoes to the staff. The girls saw the bags as well and there were hugs and kisses all around. One of the girls I am most partial to, Mannlynn (pictured with me above) really, really needed new shoes too, but I hadn't noticed before. Her shoes were almost broken. So, everything came at a great time!

Well, until next time...


At 4:14 AM, Anonymous 1012jlsamm said...

Wow! It sounds like visiting with the girls has been so much more fulfilling for you than some of your other adventures there.

At 4:18 AM, Blogger Isabel's Mommy said...

Does hanging out with these girls make you want to have a child or your own or posssibly adopt?

At 4:18 AM, Blogger Isabel's Mommy said...

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At 7:50 AM, Blogger Kendra said...

Yes, visiting with the girls has definitely been one of the better aspects of our time here. When I was assigned here for work, we knew up front we would have some good experiences and some bad. However, we are honest about all of it on the blog, since this is the primary channel through which our family and friends can experience what we are doing and seeing.

At 7:52 AM, Blogger Kendra said...

As for Jessica's question... jury is still out. Speaking for myself only, I think that it would be nice to adopt a child or have one eventually, but that is still many conversations down the line.


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