By: Miranda, with input from Mike too.
I once read somewhere that normal is just what you see every day. This got me thinking about how our “normal” has been affected by the things we see daily that once seemed odd or different, or had never even crossed our minds. I have been working on this list in my head for several months now, taking time to notice the things that may have once seemed odd to us.
In no particular order:
driving on the wrong side of the road to avoid potholes
babies sticking their head out the window of a moving car
being hot all the time
exposed breasts! everywhere! even in the bank!
no hot water
giant cockroaches scurrying away when you open a cupboard, drawer, or closet
rats wrestling above the ceiling while in the shower
the distant bang of coconuts falling onto corrugated tin roofs
stray dogs everywhere
red-stained clothes, teeth, and the ground
the constant whir of a fan
frequent breathtaking sunsets
not being able to eavesdrop, because everyone is speaking a foreign language
dirt roads that are often muddy
“fresh” tuna means caught that day, and costs $1.50 per pound
toes always being exposed, because we don’t wear shoes
not being able to drink tap water for fear of catching some strange, exotic parasite
palm frond baskets
roosters crowing at all hours of the day and night
being generally unaware of what’s going on in the rest of the world
the island running out of things we used to consider essential- flour, sugar, butter, garlic, etc.
seeing American commercials for new products we have never heard of before
two-week mail delivery times
year round tan lines
and of course, covered thighs
What? These aren’t normal things where you live?