August 4, 2008


Sometimes on a slow day, I play a game with the children I call Ndipakamise, which translates as “make me get up.” I lie down on the ground, the pre-schoolers gather round and together pull and push and yank and try to make me stand up. It is sort of like Gulliver and the Lilluptians, only the Lilluptians are not trying to tie me down. Hilarity, at least from my perspective, and some sort of a pig pile often ensues.

This child always seems to want to grab my foot and tug. I’m always struck by the size of my foot next to his torso and the other day had him pose for a picture.