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Joe took the kids to school. Then, he went to get the Fante teacher.
Today, we learned how to make verbs negative. They use a double negative in Fante. Two m‘s or or two n‘s are added to the front of a verb to make it negative. You just have to memorize which verbs take m and which ones take n. If you are saying not to do something, then mma is added before the negative verb. It just gets deeper and deeper!
After class, I rode into town with Joe and Teacher Adoko. Our first stop was the electric company to ask about the transformer by the church. Teacher Adoko knew one of the men who worked in there; they told him that the truck that they had been waiting on had arrived last night and that they would “by all means” get to the transformer today.
We took Teacher Adoko to an office; then, we ate lunch and did our grocery shopping. Joe brought me and the groceries home. Then, he went to get the kids from school.
They stopped at the church on the way home to see if the electric company had come. They had not come. Joe called them, and they denied saying that they were going to try to work on it today. Joe called Teacher Adoko, and he said that he was going to take action. He is on the radio a few different times throughout the week. Joe tried to call the power company again. They answered the phone, but as soon as they heard that it was him, they set the phone down and walked away from it. Joe is going to go back to the office tomorrow and talk to someone higher up than the people we talked to today. It is in a poor part of town, and they are in no hurry to fix it; if it were the general director of the electric company living there, they would have had it fixed immediately. That is what is upsetting.
All three kids were in the office today. What a day! Bonnie was in trouble for talking. Danny was in trouble for standing up when the teacher had already told him to stay seated. Gilbert said that his whole class had to go to the office for talking, but he and two others weren’t talking this time.
Brother Davis brought some candy for the kids. Yesterday, he gave them M & Ms. Today, he found some Skittles that he had forgotten about. When Bonnie saw those Skittles, she said, “Mom, I’ve been wishing for those, and my wish came through.”
Pray for Justin, the older Nixon boy (our neighbors down the hill). He broke his arm last week. He was riding his bike down the hill and fell off. The boys saw it happen. They said that he flew off like a bird. He will have to have surgery on Monday.
Our power went off at 6:20 this evening for our next twelve-hour load shedding shift.
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie