After taking a morning walk with my ibu (host mom), I spent the morning slowly observing the movements of this village. All the ibus are up walking around the neighborhood at 6 in the morning while all the bapaks sit around shirtless outside their home. All the children are up and running around playing with whatever they could find. There are many children around my house and I've discovered they're the best language partners. Yesterday, I spent the entire evening talking to them and learning all their names with my limited bahasa Indonesian.
With all the movement of the village, I couldn’t help but think about how much I was missing my own home. I had my first cry since leaving my family at the airport in Wisconsin. I’m not typically a crier but with no internet access and no way to reach my support system back at home, it was much needed. It has finally settled in that I am away from home. I miss my little nephew, niece, and their warm hugs. On the bright side, I am surrounded by children who are equally eager to get to know me, as I am to know them.
My ibu, Yunanti, is the best. So far she is my only friend in the village. I’ve met a couple of other women but my limited language skills has made it difficult to keep a conversation. I am determined to find more female friends in this village besides a few of my other ID10 who are near by. I have two younger host brothers who are 13 and 7 and they don’t seem to want to do anything with me. The best conversation I’ve had with them is “Hi, my name is Sia.” We occasionally exchange smiles but that’s about it. I like to believe they’re just shy or I blame it on their age.
I hope they warm up to me soon because they’re making me miss my not-so-little brother. There’s also my next door neighbor who has a little boy that’s around the same age as my little nephew Mason. It nearly brought tears to my eyes when I saw him because my little nephew is so dear to my heart. I miss him…a lot
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