Sunday, November 13, 2011
We did not stay for Sunday School today, because the Dallas Cowboys were playing at noon and we had tickets!!! How exciting is that! Aunt Kelly gave us 4 tickets to the Cowboys game yesterday, and although Miduk had no idea that he was going to an NFL game, Wes and Kasey were really pumped! I was equally excited for them and managed to secure an appointment for a much needed massage while they were gone. :) Shelby said they got a ride on a golf cart from the parking lot to the gate since Miduk was on crutches. Score! And it was quite a game, as the Cowboys beat the Buffalo Bills 44-7. Miduk had a blast and they said he was just looking around in awe the whole time. They left at the end of the third quarter and Miduk came home and crashed. Thanks so much Aunt Kelly! :)
Tonight we ate dinner outside (it was 84 degrees) and Shelby grilled salmon and asparagus and I baked potatoes. Miduk had a great appetite and ate it all! He said he loves fish. Up until tonight, one of us has always prayed before the meals and tonight I asked Miduk if he would like to say the blessing. He was willing to do so, and prayed quite a lengthy prayer in Indonesian! It was so cool!
After dinner my friend Pamela brought over some ice cream birthday cake from her son Ben's birthday today. Miduk enjoyed the cake and started whistling the Happy Birthday song, whistled it during his quick 2 minute shower, and when he was finished I asked if he could sing it in Indonesian which he did! I videotaped it and I'm hoping to figure out how to attach it to this blog.
This afternoon I sat down with the laptop on Google Translate and asked Miduk a bunch of questions. I told him I wanted to know about his life in Indonesia because I think it is interesting. Here is what I learned:
He does not use silverware at his home, nor does he use chopsticks. He said they eat with their hands.
They wash their plates with water from the mountain, and they wash their clothes with mountain water also, and hang the clothes to dry. And, this is also where they get their water to drink. He does not put ice cubes in his water here. The first day I put ice cubes in his drink and after that he told me NO ICE! He prefers water to be room temperature. Last night at Cristina's restaurant they brought him water with no ice. :)
They cook their food over a fire INSIDE their house with a hole in the roof for the smoke to escape. Maybe this is why his clothes smelled like smoke when he arrived. Linley had told me that you can wash the clothes 1,000 times and still never get the smell out. When I asked what they did with their trash, he said they burned it.
His mom gets some food at the local market, but they also have a garden and grow tomatoes and potatoes and other things that I couldn't figure out what he was saying. He said he helps his older brother to water the garden. And said he loves tomatoes (he eats them like we would eat an apple)
I asked what does he do all day while sister is in school and brothers and parents are at work, and he said he watches TV and helps his grandma sell crackers and drinks.
He said he misses his friends. He told me they were very excited that he was coming to America! I told him that when he returns home we will send some things with him for his friends.