T is for a TRIO OF TURTLES
These turtles were given to us after one of our many trips to Chuuk in Micronesia. Over the past 28 years we, (mainly my husband, though I have been several times) have visited a number of islands in FSM where we have been invited by the islanders to conduct classes for the pastors of the many small churches on these islands and atolls. These are true pacific, coral islands where the amenities are minimal, the islands are small and opportunities to improve living conditions are few and far between. Electricity and water are unreliable and heat and humidity are unrelenting. BUT the people are wonderful!...happy, kind and generous. For centuries they have survived on subsistence living, eating only what grows on the islands and from the fish in the ocean that surrounds them.
The object of the classes was to help the island pastors, who have limited education, learn more about the Bible, how to preach and how to be a good pastor to their people. My part was to conduct seminars for the school teachers on how to be effective teachers.
So among the many other keepsakes that we have that are hand made on the islands, we have this Trio of Turtles, to remind us of our happy times on Chuuk, Fefen and Pohnpei.
Our work there is not over yet as Barry still has another trip planned in August.
As I was thinking through this blog last night I have to say that if I had been given two lives, I would gladly have spent one of them among these people living, working and teaching, in spite of the humidity and inconveniences.
BUT WAIT! I'M NOT THROUGH WITH T'S....YET
You probably remember these:
Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers.
Round the Rugged Rock the Ragged Rascal Ran
She Sells Sea Shells on the Sea Shore
Now here's one I created for the Cockneys of London who have trouble getting their 'H's in the right places...
Horrible Harold ate his other orange hurriedly outside his happy Aunt Annas's home.
See you next week on ABC Wednesday with the letter 'U'
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