Today is one of those days…..where I absolutely love Congo and living here! Trust me there are also many days where I hate it! But not today, the weather is great and of course hot….very hot!
The kids are on a break from school and currently in the pool with their swimming-instructor. Yes we have a swimming-instructor who comes to our house (Frederique). Not the most reliable person but he is good with the kids and they love him! So currently in the pool are my own two kids, Zache and Krisma.
Zache lives in my friend’s orphanage (Mwana Villages) and is a bright little 5 year old. He calls me Maman Cecile, and whenever I hear him say that my heart melts! He can get away with murder at my house and he knows it. I like to spoil him when he comes home with us every Wednesday. My daughter Paige and Zache have a very special bond, he constantly looks out for her and she loves him and makes sure he has enough food and drinks or candy! The two of them are trouble and I wouldn’t want to be a 4/5 year old trying to play with the two of them. He loves to swim and is obsessed with Paw Patrol so we watch the DVD on repeat and of course in French. We have a routine that starts with a peanut butter sandwich and milk before swimming. I made the mistake once of baking pancakes and I have never seen such an angry looking child. So for now we will stick to the peanut butter sandwiches. Sorry for the pancakes Zache!
Christelle is my AWESOME maid! She has been with us for 2,5 years. We had two different maids before her and that didn’t work out so well. The first one, Cecile (already confusing to have two Cecile’s in the house) was very sneaky and some things money related went down and I didn’t feel comfortable with her in the house. The second one Justine was more my friend as the whole having “staff” in my house was new to me. This didn’t work out and I still feel guilty about this as she named her baby after my husband. She still shows up every now and then asking me for money. Which I give her… she in return brings me fruit or African fabric. Christelle’s youngest daughter Krisma joins our Wednesday swimming class too. The first time she was terrified of the water but after a few weeks she is loving it.
Christelle also started to join the swimming class and she does it on Fridays with Paige & Frederique. I am glad we get to share this and love watching them improve their swimming every week. Last week Christelle took Paige with her to pick up Krisma from school. When they returned she was holding on to Paige so tight and told me; “I get it Madame, I get it now!” I have been telling Christelle that I find it scary to take Paige to local markets or neighborhoods, as she is blond has blue eyes and everyone wants to touch her, I find it overwhelming sometimes. Christelle, just experienced the same as the whole school wanted to touch Paige. I’m not sure Paige understands, as I am pretty sure she feels more African then we do.
So today is a good day…a great day! African Sunshine, Frederique showing up on time, all the kids happy in the pool and one happy mommy watching it all!