When Nani and Zoey came giggling into the living room I knew something was up. Besides their cute dress up cloths I noticed something on Zoey’s back. She turned around and I could see her black baby doll attached to her back with a scarf (see picture).
We all had a good laugh and thought it worth a photo.
It made me think about modeling work, no don’t worry not the fashion modeling stuff, but parental modeling. It is obvious that the girls tied the baby on Zo’s back as a result of what they see around them 24/7.
What else do they see that they find worth modeling? Will I find out soon or do I have to wait until they are in their twenties before I will know? How much should I protect them from bad influences and examples to ensure they will not have bad modeling examples in their lives?
In the Rwandese culture it is perfectly normal to pick your nose, itch your crotch and have boobs hanging out in public…. The nose picking Zoey mastered perfectly. I hope she won’t live out the others.
Culturally, when the man of the household is not present, the oldest male on the compound is in charge. Just recently Nani and Zoey spend the night at a friend’s house. The dad was gone to work, and the oldest worker on the compound took charge. While my girls and their friend were having breakfast with the nanny, the male worker came in and beat the nanny in front of the 3 girls… modeling…
We all know the song; “Oh be careful little eyes what you see…” Is that true or should it be: “Oh be careful big people what you show…?”
I pray the Lord will help me to be a great modeler of righteousness and that He would instill great conviction through the Holy Spirit into my girls, so that they will know beyond a shadow of a doubt what is right, what is wrong.
In the mean time I look forward to many more moments of laughter as my little ones mimic the adult life.
P.S. the worker was fired after he apologized to the kids and the nanny.