On Saturday night we were invited to a party at Temwa's house, who is one of Claudia's colleagues. Besides working very hard at OIBM, Temwa has been spending all of her evenings and weekends studying, and last week was finals week. So to celebrate being finished she threw a big party. It was my first real Malawian party and it was a lot of fun. Temwas hired two bouncy castles for the kids, and they were bbq-ing (we call it brai-ing in Africa) all night long. I brought my camera which made me an instant celebrity. The kids were so excited to have pictures taken of them, so I must have taken 100 pictures of the kids climbing, sliding, and just posing among all of the bouncy goodness.
As it became darker the bouncy castle went to bouncy castle sleep and the kids converged on the grownups. Soon we were making shadow puppets and I showed them the old severed thumb magic trick.
The music was playing and somehow Claudia suggested we play Simon Says. I never imagined how perfect Simon Says is for playing on the dance floor - especially with a bunch of kids who revel in grownups being silly. Simon says hop on one foot, Simon says do the chicken dance, Simon says dance in slow motion, Jump up and down - ah ah ah I didn't say Simon Says! It was a blast, and we even had a few grownup Malawians participating - perhaps they thought Muzungus are always so silly at parties - and perhaps we are. I can't wait for our next party!