The neighbor kids know that we have at least 3 guava trees. One is in our front garden area, and the guavas fall every day. So the kids stand outside of our closed gate and yell at the top of their lungs, "WE WANT GUAVA!" (In ZK) They don't knock. They just yell.
From our American worldview, we interpret this as rude. Of course you should knock and greet politely...and then ask if you could have some guava.
But these kids don't operate on an American worldview.
So now we hear, "HELLO! WE ARE FINE! WE WANT GUAVA!"
Still yelled at the top of their lungs.
It took us awhile to understand why they were saying, "We are fine." But when we greet them, we say, "Hello. How are you?" So that must be part of greeting...telling someone that you are fine! Another fail on our part...trying to impose our American worldview...
|Clay, visiting with the neighbors!|