I was nervous. Usually it’s a one-person shift, but I was tagging along with a Belgian girl so I could learn the ropes of night shift. It went fairly well. Bedtime with the little ones was as chaotic as you would imagine. Especially getting eight 4-7 year olds to get in bed and stay there. Storytime was a fail. And, naturally, each girl had to get up and go and su-su (tinkle) one last time. This does not stop them from su-suing the bed each night though, as part of the morning routine is to get the mattresses out and put them in the sun to dry each day. Yes, the dorm I’m living in frequently smells of su-su. Bed-wetting is very common though in young kid who have been abused, especially those who have been sexually abused.
The younger ones don’t really listen to me and half the time laugh when I ask them to do or stop doing something. This is mostly because I don’t beat them, so they won’t listen. But thankfully this is where the older girls come in, speak sternly, perhaps pinch sometimes, and otherwise strike enough fear in their little hearts to get them to quiet the heck down and go to sleep.
It was pretty smooth sailing after that, until the Belgian girl got a call from her husband telling her to come home immediately as it was just announced that the President fired the entire Cabinet and people were afraid things could get ugly on the streets. So she bounced and I was just left with the older girls, and was told they pretty much would go to sleep on their own at 10.
A little after 10 I went to check and the oldest girls room was empty. But I heard voices from the next room. I opened the door, accidently scared the bejeezus out of them, and they told me they wanted to all sleep in there, two to a bed, because they were scared because of the news. So we chatted and I left them with my solar lamp and let them sleep crammed together. It was sweet, really.
So I’m laying low the next few days, probably not venturing out too much, as foreigners have been instructed to stay in after 5 and not go to certain places. Never a dull moment!