First everyone immediately ran to play on all the toys – swings, merry-go-rounds, see-saws, and slides. I don’t think any of them had ever seen a playground until today. This was the most exciting thing until they spotted . . . the monkey! “Macaco” (pronounced “makakoo”) is the word for monkey in Portuguese and I think it is the funniest word. But the kids all think that the word “monkey” (in English) is the funniest word and they look for every opportunity to say it. When we watched “Dunstin Checks In” (the best movie ever for this group, brought here by Ashlie) the kids were all yelling, “Monkey!!!” and laughing (about the word “monkey” being funny) every five seconds. Anyway . . . so of course today as soon as they saw him, they were all yelling, “Monkey!!!” (in English) and laughing. And it was very funny. They all rushed to get me to take pictures of him. I hope nobody gets upset seeing this monkey (since he’s on a leash tied to a tree). I don’t think his life is that bad. He lives in this tree and people give him tons of food. His life is probably boring but he seemed pretty interested in the kids and loved catching and eating the mangos they tossed to him. The kids thought it was the best thing ever watching him peel and eat mangos and then pretend to charge the crowd, making everyone scream and run away. After a long time watching the monkey the kids went back to the playing on the playground. Most people wanted to go on the slide at once. I think it was all of their first time on a slide ever. And then back to the "Monkey!"
Finally the whole day ended with our band playing for all the kids, which included puppets singing. Kids here LOVE puppets and later Victor says he thinks some of the little ones thought they were seeing a new species (in the puppets) for the first time and were cautiously trying to look behind the curtain to figure it out. Victor says he saw one child trying to feed a puppet a cracker (seriously).