Swarming and Snacking

Sunday night at the Children’s Village is quite low key. The kids sometimes watch a movie when they hook up the generator. So on Sunday when a movie was playing suddenly there were swarms of White Ants (also known as termites) around the outside lights. The solution I thought would be to shut the lights off and let the white ants fly away, however the kids solution is quite different. They were elated at the swarming. Out the younger children came with pans and they started to catch them. Soon the other consultants and myself joined in to help. So we swatted down and caught white ants by the hundreds. I would be glad when they landed on me as it was easier to add them to the pots. White Ants are, well, quite stupid. We put them in the pots without any lids and they didn’t fly away. I jumped on the counter in our house to get the ants closest to the overhead light. A young girl gave me a piece of clothing to swat them down and they anticipated each one that fell to the ground to add to the bounty. More and more were put in the pots until our arms were tired.

The kids put the pots away for the following day. After school on Monday they prepared their snack – they sorted the ants and began to cook them over the coals. The young girls had a pot and so did the young boys. They stirred and cooked until they were a bit crispy. Then we snacked on them. A unique snack that after eating I could still smile about.

Yes we have after school snacks here at the Children’s Village, just not warm cookies and milk.

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Posted on July 19, 2013, in Courage, Don't Miss, Faith, Health, kids, Missions, Nature, Orphans, Social Work, Travel, Uganda and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I will never think of a termite ever again in the same light! (Yes, pun intended) What a great story.

  2. You always were adventurous about trying new foods…wild mushroom ( shaggy mane ) and
    “sumac-ade” in 5th grade…which others wouldn’t even try because of the bugs floating on top!
    Great story and pictures…..Love, Mom

  3. Thanks so much for the updates from Uganda. Sounds like a spectacular experience! you are in our prayers. Congrats on trying the after-school snack! “all things to all people…”

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