12 Days of (Kenyan) Christmas

As we were driving home yesterday from a Christmas Eve party at a local orphanage, our children passed the time by singing Christmas carols.  One of these was The 12 Days of Christmas, during which they humored us with a little improv – thus my motivation to create a Kenyan version of this well known tune.  Those who have lived in Kenya should have an appreciation.  For those who have not, I’ve added some pictures for clarification.  Clear your throats and sing along …

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a family on a piki (pronounced pee-kee)

piki

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, two cups of chai …

Chai

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, three pot holes …

pot holes

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, four calling home …

kids

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, five filthy toes …

dirty feet

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, six patients praying …

patient

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, seven slugs so slimy …

slug

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eight more mandazis …

Maandazi

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, nine ladies sewing …

sewing

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, ten Masaai leaping …

Masaai jum

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eleven panga slashings …

photo: Sven Torfinn Kenya, Nakuru, January 2008 Young man destroying the windows of a house with his knife, panga. WarriorsÊbelonging to the Kalenjin tribe inÊ the fields outside Nakuru town, from where they are launching attacks on the residential areas

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, twelve donkeys towing …

Heavily overloaded donkeys carrying straw, Ethiopia

 

Putting it all together now …

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a family on a piki

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, two cups of chai, and a family on a piki

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, three pot holes, two cups of chai, and a family on a piki

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, four calling home, three pot holes, two cups of chai, and a family on a piki

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, five filthy toes, four calling home, three pot holes, two cups of chai, and a family on a piki

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, six patients praying, five filthy toes, four calling home, three pot holes, two cups of chai, and a family on a piki

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, seven slugs so slimy, six patients praying, five filthy toes, four calling home, three pot holes, two cups of chai, and a family on a piki

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eight more mandazis, seven slugs so slimy, six patients praying, five filthy toes, four calling home, three pot holes, two cups of chai, and a family on a piki

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, nine ladies sewing, eight more mandazis, seven slugs so slimy, six patients praying, five filthy toes, four calling home, three pot holes, two cups of chai, and a family on a piki

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, ten Masaai leaping,  nine ladies sewing, eight more mandazis, seven slugs so slimy, six patients praying, five filthy toes, four calling home, three pot holes, two cups of chai, and a family on a piki

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eleven panga slashings, ten Masaai leaping, nine ladies sewing, eight more mandazis, seven slugs so slimy, six patients praying, five filthy toes, four calling home, three pot holes, two cups of chai, and a family on a piki

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, twelve donkeys towing, eleven panga slashings, ten Masaai leaping, nine ladies sewing, eight more mandazis, seven slugs so slimy, six patients praying, five filthy toes, four calling home, three pot holes, two cups of chai, and a family on a piki

Blessings and Merry Christmas,

Paul

A Holiday Update

Season’s greetings to all of you!  Our latest newsletter is finished and can be viewed by clicking on the link below.  Thank you again for your encouragement, prayers, and support.  Since we usually do not post our newsletters on our blogs, if you’d like to continue to receive them throughout the year please send us your email address and we will gladly add you to our list.  Blessings to you in 2014!

December 2013 Newsletter

 

Here and There

Many aspects of life in Kenya have continued just as they would have in the states. However, most of the details of day-to-day living have a new face or appear in a different context.  Below I have chosen just a few of these aspects in a pictorial format to contrast life here and life there.  The pictures on the left are from the states and those on the right are here at Tenwek.

My hospital (left – Kennestone, right – Tenwek)

kennestone2          Tenwek Picture

My work cubicle

UA cubicle          IMG_2372

Office paperwork (maybe an exaggeration, but not by far)

office charts          Tenwk Chart Review

My operating room

IMG_1295          DSC_0157-13

View from a mountain near my home (left – Kennesaw Mountain, right – Mount Motigo)

kennesaw          DSC_0230

Warning sign at a national park we visited

kennesaw sign          park sign

The local river (left – Chattahoochee, right – Nyangores)

Chattahoochee-River-Photo          river

Beautiful trees

Dogwood          local orange tree

My favorite local fruit (Cost in Kenya: 1 peach – $2.50, 1 pineapple – 58 cents!)

peaches          pineapple

My favorite local treat (left – YOU KNOW!, right – mandazis)

KKD          Mandazi

Coffee Creamer

coffee mate          afrimate

Football

american football          kenya football

Our furry friend (left – Oreo, right – Murphy)

DSC_0020          IMG_2366

Local cats in the region

images          DSC_0463

Reptiles around the yard (and occasionally in the house)

frog          DSC_0069

Other animals commonly encountered in the neighborhood

squirrel          donkeys

Currency (dollars versus schillings)

dollar          100 ksh

Electrical outlets (shape isn’t the only difference … we’ve fried a couple of devices)

cover-new-255x400          IMG_2362         

Our dish washing machine

images          IMG_2365

Our drying machine

dryer          Sun and Sky

House key

house key          IMG_2364

Cell phone (kind of nice to pay as you go – no contracts or calling plans here)

iphone 4          IMG_2374

Mode of transportation

suburban          shoes

Road maintenance (yes, we’re in that van, stuck in the mud)

Road construction          IMG_2329

Public transportation (left – boooring, right – that’s what I’m talking about!)

USA - Greyhound Lines Inc          bus

A typical motorcycle scene (note: this is a very “average” load in Kenya)

2008-Victory-Motorcycles-7          piki close up

Many different sights, many different sounds, and many different experiences, but no matter where we go or what the differences are … one God is with us.

“If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” – Psalm 139: 9-10

Blessings,

Paul