Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Mama Youdemie

Wislandy is the youngest of the HFC children. She is only 6 years old, which makes her 5 years younger than the next youngest HFC kid, Nehemie. Most of the time, her big sisters treat her well, helping her with her homework, playing with her, letting her hang out with them even if she doesn't understand what's going on. But like most big sisters, they can get frustrated with her too. Every now and then, I catch one of the 13 or 14 year old girls slapping Wislandy across of the hand or yelling at her for breaking a rule or for just being an annoying little sister. This ticks me off. Those girls are too young to discipline her, just like I was too young to discipline my little sister when we were kids - they need to call me, one of the oldest girls, or one of nannies when Wislandy misbehaves.

Fortunately, Wislandy has a surrogate mom among the oldest girls. Youdemie is not the brightest student at school, but when it comes to looking out for her younger sisters, she is A+. She will defend Wislandy when the 13's and 14's get a little too rough, but she will also justly discipline the little girl or take her to Se Pradel for a punishment. She doesn't take any nonsense from anyone. Se Pradel does a marvelous job looking after and taking care of Wislandy (she even bathes Wislandy in her private bathroom every morning and afternoon!) but when she is not around, Youdemie fills her shoes.

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