Has anyone ever watched Monk? I know Hannah has because that’s all we watched during finals. (okay that and a lot of Saved By The Bell.) The theme song for Monk goes a little something like ‘it’s a jungle out there. Poison in the very air we breathe. Do you know….’ (I was never good at knowing lyrics, and a mission has not helped that weak thing become strong.) Well this week I felt like I was in a jungle! I’d like to talk about some of the animals that played a role in my week:
1. River Rats. I was on exchange in Leipzig and was treated to a one night showing of River Rats Gone Wild. We watched as a tiny old granny fed these rodents of unusual size cabbage and strawberries. These nasty creatures dug right into the grub and the little granny squealed with joy. I asked her how often she feeds this rodents, to which she replied ‘every day dear.’ Hence, my friends, why they are unusually large. It reminded me of a scripture:‘Behold, I say unto you, that by SMALL and SIMPLE things, are great things brought to pass.’ (Alma 37:6)We too, can be like the old granny, and feed the river rats of our lives, one by one, until they reach an abnormal size and TAKE OVER THE WHOLE WORLLLLLLLLLD. Are you picking up what I’m laying down?
2. Penguins. Way back in Dresden days, we would yell out ‘penguin zoo’ and point in a different direction if we saw any inappropriate photos to protect the other missionaries. Sounding the voice of warning ‘penguin zoo’ has become a staple to my life here.
3. Fox and Wolf. ACHTUNG! Not to be read to little children in the premises. While still on exchange in Leipzig, we went to find an inactive member. We couldn’t find his name on the doorbell list, so we decided to door the building and ask people about him. (sounds strange when I type it out like that…) On the bottom floor there were two doors with the names Fox and Wolf. There was a dim red light gleaming thru the cracks. We knocked on Wolf and… BAM! anotveryclothedladyansweredthedoortooursurpriseandsheshutitveryquicklyassoonassherealizedweweremissionaries. ‘PENGUIN ZOO PENGUIN ZOO PENGUIN ZOO!’ conveniently, someone was coming down the stairs and told us it was pointless to door the prostitutes. Oh. Thank you sir.
4. Fruit flies. Here in Chemnitz we are experiencing a serious epidemic. It kind of feels like some one is pulling a Moses on us, and this time we are the Egyptians, and the pest is the common fruit fly. They are everywhere in our apartment! The kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, bookcase, shoes, you name it! We are doing everything possible to get rid of them, but it seems to be to no avail. We will vacuum them all up and within 20 minutes they will be back on our ceilings chillin like a pube-ing tween at Wendy’s.Suggestions?
I could continue on, but alas, my time has drawn to an end. I must prepare myself to go back into the concrete jungle. (I’m just a wee bit obsessed with emoticons these days.)