Thursday, July 08, 2010

Getting to know you

I can tell that Miriam and Magdalena have finally reconciled themselves to some of Egypt's idiosyncrasies. They no longer startle at cars honking non-stop, or blanch at the sight of copious amounts of garbage on the street. Miriam knows to avoid stepping in puddles of foul-smelling mystery water that collect on the roads here, and the roads are where we walk since there aren't functional sidewalks. Miriam is getting really good at walking through traffic here. Almost too good - she's not afraid of the crazy driving habits anymore and she sometimes prompts me when there's a break in traffic long enough for us to cross the street.

Yesterday as we were climbing the stairs to our apartment, she kindly asked me if I could walk ahead with her "just in case there are any street kitties or dogs up there."

I had to teach her the word nargileh when she told me, "sometimes I see people smoking a little pool with plates stacked on top and a little string coming out."

But the way it really sunk in that my kids have adjusted to Cairo was yesterday when we went to McDonald's. The last time we were there was back in May, just a few days after arriving here. The girls took one look at the kids' play area there and were absolutely not interested. It was all a filthy mass of cracked plastic, exposed bolts, and empty, disheveled ball pits to them.

That was two months ago. Yesterday, they BEGGED me to go play there once they saw it and they played happily for a long time. When it was time to go, Miriam told me she wanted to go play there "not every day, but almost." Even Magdalena had been brave enough to go in the faded plastic labyrinth, which was mildly terrifying for me. I couldn't see the inside of it so I had no idea how or if she would get through. But Miriam went with her and they both emerged down the exit slide eventually.

I just hope there wasn't a dead cat in there or anything. Not that it would have phased them at this point.

10 comments:

Liz Johnson said...

You have no idea how happy it makes me to think of them just sludging along like these little tough kids, immune to their surroundings and such. It cracks me up and reminds me of my transition in Mexico... when we first moved there, and after I'd been in the ranchos for a bit. It just warms me wee heart. :)

Jennifer said...

Wow, just one more wow about all your experiences. :)

Jen said...

Wow.

Side note: if you're ever wanting for a post idea, I'd love to hear about your top 5 (or so) favorite WWDTM moments. This came to mind as I was singing "Because I could not stop for death" by Emily Dickinson to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas" a la Adam Felber in one of my favorite WWDTM episodes.

Annnnnnnnnnnd....thank you for riding along with me on this train of though. Wooo-Woooo!

Suzanne Bubnash said...

Please write a nasty gram to McDonalds Inc. about that play area; I would like to know if they as a corporation care and act upon the average joe's concerns. Just curious.

Bridget said...

Mom, the problem is, as far as Egypt goes, that playground is super nice. So I don't know that they'd have a lot of sympathy for me. Plus, they did wall up the one part of the play tunnel that dropped off into nowhere so they obviously are maintaining some kind of standard...

Bridget said...

Jen, I don't know how, but I've known that for YEARS about Emily Dickinson's poetry (that it can be sung to Yellow Rose of Texas) and I think it's one of the reasons I despise it.

I can tell you right now that my favorite guest ever (off the top of my head) was Brian Williams a few months ago. I rewound that part where he sang the little jazz blip over and over and over again. I'll have to get thinking on this...

Kathy Haynie said...

I hadn't known about "Yellow Rose of Texas" for Emily Dickinson's poems, but I have heard them sung to the "Gilligan's Island" theme song.

Suzanne Bubnash said...

Most if not all of ED's poetry fits a lot of songs (try America the Beautiful for example). Is it just her?

Susanne said...

Enjoyed the post! :)

Suzanne Bubnash said...

McDonalds corporation still needs to know that someone is watching. They take great pride in equalizing the McDonalds experience throughout the world. Sure, there are some differences (German McDs serves beer, for example). Your nasty gram could get the ball rolling toward giving all countries a more positive McDs experience.

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