14.10.05

3 months, 3 weeks, 3 hours

Blaise turned 3 months yesterday. He's a big boy now. He's slept 5 nights straight through in a row now. Very very precious.

Amber and I have been in Guatemala 3 weeks today. It feels like much longer as it feels very familiar already and Canada feels quite distant despite the ability to chat with almost everyone. Today the students at Beerseba graduate, five different classes do. I put together an 11 minute tribute to the students who attributed their success to God, parents, sponsors, and teachers. I wonder if many of these students would have learned to read if the school had not existed.

I left a little gadget attached to my iPod last night that serves as a mic and a mini speaker. The iPod had an alarm set for 3:50 am which we used 3 weeks ago to wake up in Calgary to load the car and drive to the airport to stand in line for 1 1/2 hours. Anyway, it went off with "Chunari, Chunari... " blaring. Man, from a deep sleep, that's such a weird feeling when you're not expecting it. I bolted out of bed thinking someone was at the door or my phone was ringing. Well, I didn't sleep too well after that because at about the same hour, and I've heard this before in the middle of the night, the sound of 50 swine being slowly butchered one by one with dogs barking rang steadily for about 1 1/2 hours. It turns out as the vehicle approached the house at about 5:30, that it was just a truck running with loose fan belts and a really loud diesel engine. Then I got up with my son and I just finished changing him after his first feed in 9 hours. I don't think he thought it was a knife coming down on hogs when he heard the sound.

4 comments:

robtherockeet said...

Holy cow! Pigs being butchered! Do you remember the neighbors in Moricetown butchering? I forget their name right now... crazy!

april

Amber said...

mmm, yes, I too was dismayed at the sound of that Indian song blaring at such an early hour...you make it sound like pigs really were being butchered when it was actually someone's truck being laboriously started.

Anonymous said...

Oh, the truck was started, it just ran and ran for what seemed like weeks...

As I write this, I haven't slept in 23 hrs. Oh, I hope nothing wakes me up before noon!!!!!!! Oh, I hope this.

Zaak said...

It was pigs. Certifiable pigs being butchered.