None of the kids here had school today – to mark the end of Ramadan. I guess the government called for this holiday… yesterday. So, this morning at about 8:45, a raucous cheer went up across the compound. I was in my tent, and seriously wondered if the kids had decided to mutiny and take over the school or something. The teacher had just announced that school was canceled, and it seems like the kids were pleased.
I also had a day off, but I wasn’t celebrating the end of Ramadan. I was ill. I woke up this morning with aches, congestion, and a fever that bounced around all day. So, I hid in my tent… resting, guzzling lots of liquids, and enjoying time with Jesus.
The liquid guzzling provided many opportunities for me to cross the compound to the latrine. I made so many visits today that I’m now on a first-name basis with two of the cockroaches. (Tia and Bethany, “I’m making friends!”) There is Legs, who is the leader of the clan of latrine cockroaches and “Red” (who would have been more appropriately named “Orange”), a fiesty young fellow, known throughout the cockroach community for his many brave- although some would say foolhardy- exploits in making contact with the other species. “Red” was telling me this evening how he is brokering a peace deal between the latrine roaches and the geckos. There have been some territory disputes during the last few days, and Legs really doesn’t want to see the tensions escalate- UNDERSTANDABLY! Can you imagine how tragic it would be if the geckos sent in reinforcements and decimated the roach population? So, Legs commissioned Red to begin dialogue with the gecko commander, Beady. There are rumors that the geckos have even formed an alliance with the spiders. Now, that sounds a bit far-fetched to me, but Red says he’s seen stranger things in his lifetime. He is very wise for such a young cockroach.
In case you’re really worried about me now, I haven’t gone totally nuts. I’m not delirious. My fever is down, and I’m just about to wander off to my tent for a pleasant night’s sleep.
Actually, Jesus showed me something really cool this afternoon in the tent… but that can wait for another post on another night.