Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Donkey Days



Our apartment stands where just a few short years ago, there was only village. The villages have been slowly pushed further and further outside the limits of the city. One bus stop away from our house, men park their donkey carts outside of wal-mart, waiting to take people back to the village after their shopping!

Yesterday, Zoe and I were looking at the donkeys and talking about how cool they were. There were three carts in line, waiting for passengers. The first one had about 12 people, already in it, and one more guy trying to climb on the back…..

Picture this, he finally hoists himself up on the seat, and the whole cart tips back, until it is resting on the ground, and the donkey screams as he is thrown up into the air! His poor little legs pawing at nothing, about 3 feet off the ground! The guy falls out of the back, the donkey’s feet return once more to earth. The guy hoists himself onto the cart for the second time, and the poor donkey goes flying back up in the air again! This time, the final passenger stays put, and the driver pulls the donkey back down to earth.
The driver’s wife starts pushing the cart, and once the donkey gets going, she herself hops on the back.

This little donkey has to be one of the strongest creatures I have EVER seen!

I was too late to catch the donkey in the air, but here is a picture of the villagers wondering WHY in the world I am taking a picture of them!

6 comments:

Withallmyheart said...

That is so cool. That poor donkey! I hope you guys are doing great and that Zoe is getting better.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful story! I saw a donkey cart come into Zhengzhou every early the morning we left, but it's cart was filled with produce headed to market. Awesome memories!

Anonymous said...

Correct that. Should say "very early" the morning we left.

elizabeth strehle said...

Hi! I was a neighbor of Harmony's and I have been praying for you and your family. I hope you don't mind my following your blog.
I wish you could have gotten a picture of the poor donkey in the air.

Harmony said...

I sure miss you, Hallie!

goooooood girl said...

your blog is so good......