Some of the People I Live With

That is Ina—short for Brijina—in the center. Isn’t she one of the most beautiful women you have ever laid eyes on? To her immediate right and left are Etine and Tabita, grandchildren who live with their mother (Josiann, not in the picture) in the other room of my house. Wildor, in the striped shirt behind Ina also lives with Tabita, Etine, and Josiann. The other children are all relatives. I see a lot of all of them. On the ground you see pwa kongo, dried peas that are a staple of the Haitian diet. After they are harvested, they beat them with a stick to break open the hulls. Working on these peas was the main activity of the household for the first couple of weeks I was here.

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