Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Eli's Haiti Celebration Preparation

Living in a culture not totally your own means you rely on trusted friends to help you through new situations and to lead you so that you can avoid offending folks with mistakes.

While we've attended a kindergarten graduation as well as a college one, we've never been to a high-school graduation celebration.

So we thought we would throw a small meal for our friends to celebrate.

Now it sounds more like a full service. At least five campus representatives to speak: [high school, grade school, adult literacy class, child survivor program, library].

The cooks plan to share special music and a devotional; Cory and Eli will share a few words.

Eli, Anna, I and our French tutor will sing a song in French.

Eli picked out some of his favorite songs in French and Creole for the group singing, and Anna's been requested to accompany the keyboard for one song on her harmonica. It should be interesting.

I'm also working on a slide show of pictures from Eli's life to share with the guests. We have a copy of his diploma to show everyone as well as a Dr. Seuss book for people to write notes in for Eli.

The invitations were delivered orally with the guest list coming close to 100. To help with the meals we were requested to print out tickets for the invited guests.

Cory, Jean Pierre, and his wife did the shopping yesterday. The list looked something like this:

  • 2 big sacks of charcoal
  • 120 drinks: pop or Tampico [juice drink]
  • two 40 pound cases of chicken drumsticks
  • 10 pounds of rock sea salt
  • rice
  • beans
  • garlic
  • gallon of cooking oil
  • a few bunches of plantain bananas for frying
  • cake ingredients
  • ingredients/vegetables for the rice/bean sauce
  • 100 foam lunch containers
The cooks started yesterday preparing the chicken and made the cakes. 

Know Eli's not totally looking forward to this, especially the parts where he speaks and sings but know we'll be making special life-time memories. Thanks for the prayers. 

[Yes, I still tell folks not to drink pop or juice due to them being bad for your teeth or health. But I always say that one can make allowances for parties and celebrations.]

1 comment:

Missus Wookie said...

Congratulations to Eli again and I hope that the celebration goes well.