Grass Pinwheels and Cartwheels
I love Samoan children. They are so enjoyable. I often wonder how they act while I am not there. I would love to be a fly in the village being able to watch.
While walking around, it is impossible to have any peace. I am interrupted constantly by kids screaming “Fa Lili!” (Goodybye Lili). They continue to scream that until I am out of earshot, then a new group of kids start. It makes me laugh as the children never greet the other people I am with. Do they greet the others while I am not there? Somehow I don’t think all of them.
Another smile was put on my face as I was walking home from school yesterday. Two 8 year old boys were running around with homemade pinwheels. They had made them out of grass, and they were spinning faster than any pinwheel I have ever seen. They are so creative for always having fun with what they have in their natural environment.
Yesterday, I saw another group of children doing cartwheels on the grass. It just made me smile to watch them completely enjoying themselves. After that, I got a “ride” from two children playing with their toy car. Their car is a stick with a wheel made out of a tuna can. I crouched down, and moved with the stick to pretend they were taking me someplace fantastic. We all had a giggle after that.
Child life is fantastic. I love kid watching-especially in Samoa, where video games and television have not interrupted children’s lives and imagination. They still run wild.