One of the great things about kids, especially in a place where you’re a visitor, is that they’re not fussed about social etiquette or skirting around personal topics they want to know about. It was straight on to the hard-hitting questions from these new curious friends who made sure they got the low-down on the foreign couple at their relative’s wedding!
Over the course of the wedding week, they delighted in all that a large and elaborate wedding of an only daughter can bring, unlimited krupuk (prawn crackers) and sweets, wearing fancy new clothes and staying up late, and getting to run around what was the most spectacular indoor garden reception we will likely ever see! All while keeping an eye on where we were and what we were doing, and making sure I got my make-up done in a “pretty” way. Because clearly it hadn’t been done right the first time!
I love the brutal honesty of children. Never underestimate your ability to learn from them. If you’re ever not sure what you should be doing in someone else’s culture, head straight for the kids, they’ll tell you where it’s at! And give you some advice on a few other things while they’re at it. ;)
Makassar, Indonesia. June 2013.