Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Toy Box

In the US, trevor and I are dedicated dumpster divers. There is not a trash can to be found in the village but Zambian kids share our love for trash. We throw our empty chip wrappers, soda cans, and Q-tips in a meter-square pit dug behind a squash plant by the outhouse. The other day Eric the toddler was walking around carrying our empty banana boat sport sunscreen tube. He popped the lid off and squeezed it by his ear so it whistled wheezily and made him laugh. Our old plastic bags get incorporated into the balls the older boys kick around the yard all afternoon. One of the kids folded a bunch of candy wrappers into a bracelet.Everything else gets burnt in a bonfire tended by an eight year old.

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