Cameelious Hump

One of the greatest struggles the kids and I have living in Haiti is being tied down to the four walls of our  house/yard.  I don’t mean to complain, because that is never my aim; but wow, sometimes two to three weeks at a time are spent without going anywhere. That typically only happens when Eric is gone for an extended time (like when he was recently in Joplin for two weeks).  I know that it would drive some people completely insane; and, usually I deal with it without too many break downs!  We are always stocked up with the necessities:  food, water, diesel for the generator, etc.

This past week it seemed that everyone was in a bad mood.  Being confined to home for a long while coupled with sore throats and colds, everyone needed something to do.  No one wanted to do any school.  Everyone was grumpy.  I came across this poem and decided it fit all of us perfectly, the kids and the grown-ups.  I shared it with Wilson on Friday and he liked it.  He quit his grumbling and finished his schoolwork.

How the Camel Got His Hump (From Just So Stories)

The Camel’s hump is an ugly lump
Which well you may see at the Zoo;
But uglier yet is the hump we get
From having too little to do.

Kiddies and grown-ups too-oo-oo,
If we haven’t enough to do-oo-oo,
We get the hump–
Cameelious hump–
The hump that is black and blue!

We climb out of bed with a frouzly head,
And a snarly-yarly voice.
We shiver and scowl and we grunt and we growl
At our bath and our boots and our toys;

And there ought to be a corner for me
(And I know’ there is one for you)
When we get the hump–
Cameelious hump–
The hump that is black and blue!

The cure for this ill is not to sit still,
Or frowst with a book by the fire;
But to take a large hoe and a shovel also,
And dig till you gently perspire;

And then you will find that the sun and the wind.
And the Djinn of the Garden too,
Have lifted the hump–
The horrible hump–
The hump that is black and blue!

I get it as well as you-oo-oo–
If I haven’t enough to do-oo-oo!
We all get hump–
Cameelious hump–
Kiddies and grown-ups too!

-Rudyard Kipling

Well, Saturday morning, Eric woke up and randomly suggested we paint the boys room (it has been pink since we moved in over a year ago!).

Kind of makes me want some neapolitan ice cream...

We got a little carried away and painted the boys room, the kitchen, the living room and the dining room!  After church on Sunday, Hannah Hamilton even came over and helped, too.  By Sunday evening, the cameelious hump disappeared.  Monday morning, it reappeared with the start of school, so I sent all of the kids to the garden to pull the weeds that have been growing there the last few weeks.  Today, everyone was ready to get back to their school work.

I am thankful for work and projects and things to keep our hands busy, our bodies strong, and our minds active.  We had a fun, busy, and purposeful weekend.  I just have to say, too, that Christa (11yrs) helped me paint the kitchen.  She did a great job and I thoroughly enjoyed our day together!

The green wll is now a milk chocolate brown.

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