Unfortunately, the negative reality of my situation hit me when I went to carry Satuala home. First, I made sure I had no open wounds on me and then I tried to carry him in such a way that my clothes did not get bloody. While I would not have done that with one of my little cousins in America, I know they are disease free – unfortunately, I know nothing of these kids health and I have to put my health and safety before I help – because in Samoa good health care is not a 911 call away. And in regards to my clothes, unlike in America where I have a wide variety of clothes to choose from, in Samoa what I have has to last me till December and I don't think blood comes out all that well in the bucket wash. So I carried him home and took him to Taeao who sanitized and bandaged the wounds on Satuala's feet and at no point did he cry. I tell you, these Samoan kids are tough. Some have scars all on their legs and arms that look a lot like war wounds but they're just wounds that didn't heal properly. Samoans are a tough but fun-loving people and from what I learned today – it starts at an early age.
You know, if I mention the Rock enough maybe I'll see him in person during my stay here. Anyway, I found out where the Rock's Samoan village is today. His family is in the village of Saleilua on the island of Upolu. It is on the southern part of the island near Togitogiga Waterfall. Hopefully I'll be able to visit it during my stay here – only in Samoa! And today in class, we also found out that Samoan name for Spiderman. Brace yourself now – tamala 'aupogaleveleve [tah ma low ah ow ponga lev a leva a]. That's right true believers, a word that has 9 letters in the English language has 21 letters in the Samoan language. Make mine English! (and Marvel).
Today was definitely a learning day – not only about the Rock and Spiderman but also learning about myself and how I would react in a situation that could affect my health here and learned about the toughness of Samoan kids. Excelsior on a day well done!