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Notes from February 2006
16 February 2006

Dear everyone,

This is a report on the poultry situation at the convent.
1.  The turkey being fattened for Easter.  He "gobble-gobbles" most of the day. To prevent someone from stealing him, the cook locks him in the kitchen at night.

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!"                                             Luke 13:34


2.  About Feb. 5, this mother hen hatched 8 chicks.  As of today, all are still alive--surprisingly.  They "cheep, cheep" most of the day.  Late yesterday afternoon, after rain all day, I noticed that the hen was standing in a funny position and her legs looked a little deformed.  As I approached, I saw that all 8 of the chicks were huddled under her wings to keep warm.  Occasionally, one would get pushed out and would have to wander around to nudge his way back in.  

End of the poultry report.    Joan


Notes from March 2006
 Sunday 12 March  2006:

Ca-na-val (Carnival or Mardi Gras) is a very interesting time in Haiti.   . . .  Friday before Ash Wed. is Canaval for the school children....masks, music, dancing, and a parade thru town.   For adults, there are many political songs and activities; but for the kids, it is a time of celebration and having fun in the midst of very difficult circumstances.



These are photos of the Canaval (Carnival) celebration at the Bombard school on the Friday before Mardi Gras.

1.  Teachers waiting for the parade to begin.
2.  Students waiting for the parade to begin.
3.  Pere Cholet trying to get the music and speakers set up in the truck that would lead the parade.
4.  Student walking to the school celebration in Baie-de-Henne.