October 10 – A Letter From Sumatra: October 10, 1991

by Becky T. Lane

Dear Folks,

Our puppy Munchkin has arrived, and seems to have survived her solo trip halfway around the world no worse for wear, other than a wee bit of jet-lag right at first. It was quite the happy reunion for all concerned! The kids are both settling in, and getting excited about being in The Elephant Child at school. Next Wednesday is the big day. I still can’t get over the wonderful costumes I was able to have made for less than $15.00 each, including fabric! Is our chubby-cheeked elephant precious, or what?

As we had anticipated, the social life here on the company compound is quite lively. When there are no malls or media to entertain you, you make your own entertainment! This past Monday we went to a big Cajun-style shrimp boil to celebrate a friend’s fortieth birthday, and on Saturday there will be a morning plant tour to go on, an afternoon tea, and a dinner that evening! The dinner is being hosted by the Hash House Harriers — the group who lay paper trails for us to follow through the surrounding countryside. I’m shocked by how much we have all enjoyed going on “The Hash” each Sunday — even Austin, who has never been a big fan of walking anywhere! Of course, his favorite part is when we all meet up at the grog truck at the end, where they pass out sodas to all the kids and splash them with cold water from the coolers. Last week’s walk was especially fun because it ended up at the elephant-training grounds. They performed tricks for us, then we were given rides on them. They also had a tiny bear cub there, and the kids were able to hold it!

In December all the Canadians here will be hosting a “Trappers Day” celebration, complete with dogsled and snowshoe races, and logrolling in the swimming pool. John quit shaving as of October 1, so he can participate in their beard-growing contest. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

One of the families here brought their college-aged god-daughter over to stay for a while, and she just happens to be an expert swimming instructor. I signed Austin up to take private lessons from her twice a week, and he is just loving it to pieces. Both kids will be regular little dolphins by the time we leave here!

Guess that’s all for now. Take care, and write soon!

P.S. If you ever feel like giving us a call, the best time to catch us is 8-10 a.m. (your time) on a Sunday morning. If you keep getting busy signals, try dialing very s-l-o-w-l-y. The phone system here can’t keep up with you if you dial too quickly.

Becky Lane lives with her husband in the Texas Hill Country, where she tells about their quest for the good life on her blog Seasonality. Her second blog, Miss Becky Goes Abroad, tells of their adventures in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, as young newlyweds in the 70’s, and with their children in the 90’s.

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2 responses to “October 10 – A Letter From Sumatra: October 10, 1991

  1. I love it, Becky! What an adventure those years must have been for all of you.

  2. My kids went through a bit of culture shock upon arriving there, and a whole lot coming back, but twenty years later, they still say it was the best thing that ever happened to them!

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