On Friday, I spent the day in our people group, visiting two new villages and stopping at a wedding on the way home. In many ways, the wedding reminded me of a wedding of a main world religion here in the city – dancing to the music of the balafone (like a xylophone). But there was one thing that was new – bubble gum.
At different points in time during the dancing, someone would take a handful of bubble gum and throw it into the air, then the kids nearby and the ladies dancing would hurry to pick up a piece. It reminded me of a parade! And when I joined the dance, someone must have been excited that a white person joined in, since she handed me two pieces of bubble gum. Just think – I’m worth two pieces of bubble gum! I think I like this new tradition. Bubble gum is much yummier than a lot of other things that they could hand out. And it’s fun to have feel like you’re in a parade in the middle of a wedding dance, too.