This girl……. : ) She makes me smile! Avery, Brooke and myself just got back from a mission trip to Ecuador. It was fabulous and such a blessing to us all (I could go on and on and on…..). Avery and I had been there 3 years ago, but this was Brooke’s first time going. I thought she would do well, but I was impressed as to how well she did. She immediately embraced these children who were strangers and from a different culture. It’s such a good reminder that no matter where you live, what language you speak, or what you have or don’t have,…. we are all just humans. We all love our children and want to live a happy life. All over the world.
This experience did have its surprises for Brooke. In the Quechua culture, young girls typically get married in their early teen years. One of the days, a young girl asked Brooke where her husband was (Brooke speaks enough Spanish to get by). The girls laughed when she told them that she didn’t have a husband. I guess she is an old maid by village standards!
Then one of the girls pointed at Brooke’s breast and asked if she was pregnant. Well, this really got away with Brooke! She told the girls that no, she wasn’t pregnant. But later she couldn’t wrap her head around why they would ask her if she was pregnant or even think that. She and I talked about it later and I told her that since these girls get married so early, they probably associate any type of puberty changes with being pregnant – because they are most likely married and pregnant at the same time they experience puberty.
Boy, this girl makes me smile! Brooke is my favorite today : )
Avery +13/-3, Brooke +14/-2, Kate +15/-6, Me 0/-2