November 18, 2009
My Kids Worldview
I am realizing that my kids have a very different world view than probably most kids their age. Just simply by living in a third world country they are exposed to different sights, sounds, ideas then even when I was growing up. Today as we were sitting in the car in town while Marc ran into the place we take our case of coke bottles to be filled a woman was walking down the road with her baby tied to her back and a live chicken hanging from her left hand by its feet. I said to the boys "Do you see that?" "See what?" was their response. "The lady with the chicken," I said. "Yeah, what's the big deal?" they responded. "The woman is carrying a live chicken down the road." "And??" the boys said as they stared back at me like what is the big deal mom. I said, "You know guys this would not be a normal sight in America!" "Oh, yeah I guess," came their response.
Today I also noticed that Micah was trying to remember things from the States. He couldn't remember the names of the places he is most familiar with like Walmart and restaurants. Funny how you get used to something pretty quick. Not that I mind because personally I don't think it's a bad thing for our boys to be exposed to a different way of life. I say it widens their horizons. Of course my boys can also hold a conversation with you about Mugabe and the damage his politics have done to Zimbabwe but that is for another day or maybe not.