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What a Cutie!

This little girl is so cute! She lives right next

door in a round grass hut. She is six years old and is the youngest of 7 children. Her four oldest sisters are all married. Her family is Fulani, not Songhai, but they speak Songhai fluently. She hangs out at my house all the time. If I'm working in the office, she'll sit and look at books. If I'm in the kitchen, she peeks in the door or the window. If I'm taking down laundry, she wants to put the pins in the bag. If I go somewhere, she'll go with me.

One day I was peeling bananas to make banana muffins. She and her sister wanted to know what it was, so I gave them each a piece. You know the face a baby makes when they put a pickle in their mouth for the first time? Well, that's the face she made when she put that banana in her mouth! She spat it out and wiped her sticky fingers on the wall to get the slimy feeling off. She let me know just how disgusting she thinks bananas are.

She bought these glasses one day for about 10 cents. She was so proud of them! I doubt if they lasted long.

She's not very cuddly. I'll try to get her to sit on my lap or to hold my hand if we're walking somewhere, but she won't do it. She likes to be with me, but not THAT close!

This is her older sister who is closest to her in age. She's also cute. They also have a brother...one boy with six sisters!

And this is her niece, who is actually older than her. They live on the same compound, but in a separate hut.

I want to post something about one of their older sisters, so maybe that will be next!

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