Friday, October 24, 2014

Zambia's Golden Jubilee!

The team left bright and early this morning, while we loaded up the kids at 9am and headed to Mapanza Basic School for the Golden Jubilee 50th year of Independence Celebration! We all wore our red school shirts (thanks to the Sharp family - we have gotten such great use out of these shirts!) and had a great time!

Diana and I were forced to sit at the head table, which was a bummer, until I saw that the others had to march in a parade! Ha! We got out of marching in the 100 degree heat! :)

There was a LOT of traditional dancing...don't ask...

Singing the national anthem

New Day presented a poem about the Zambian flag

One of the strangest skits I have ever seen...but awesome acting!!

When we got home, I made these Independence Day cookies for the kids and staff - fun!

We thought the adventures of the day were over, and I had planned on a quiet afternoon, but that was not meant to be! In the middle of my cookie making, we heard a loud sound outside. Whirlwinds, dust devils, whatever you call them where you're from, are common this time of year. We heard one coming, and then we heard a loud clanging sound. Blu looked outside our house and saw iron sheets flying in the air ABOVE the tank stand. The whirlwind had passed right over our library and took the roof COMPLETELY off!! Iron sheets were as far as the soccer field and on our main road! All of the roof lumber was broken and cracked and in pieces everywhere. Thankfully nobody was hurt as the iron sheets flew through the air (the staff girls said the Zesco men who were here working all dove for cover!) Unfortunately, Phillip stepped on an iron sheet and sliced his foot open, so Blu has taken him to Macha Hospital to get stitches...quite the adventurous day! Happy 50th Independence to this nation I love!

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