Friday, October 28, 2011

Something a Little Different

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

boxed milk

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

chickens everywhere

geckos everywhere

stray dogs everywhere

red-stained clothes, teeth, and the ground

mosquito bites

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

Skype calls

roosters crowing at all hours of the day and night

slow internet

instant coffee


being generally unaware of what’s going on in the rest of the world

trade winds

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

spit bottles

two-week mail delivery times

food dreams

year round tan lines

and of course, covered thighs

What? These aren’t normal things where you live?

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