It seems unfair that just because there is no snow and rarely fog in Africa that the kids should be deprived the excitement of an unscheduled break. Well, this past Friday we received early morning text messages letting us know that Nigeria does have it's own equivalent to a "Snow Day". It's called "Heightened Security Restriction"! Yep, a whole day vacation from learning just in case all Hell breaks loose!
The increased Security wasn't due to a particular threat, but was a precautionary measure. It was in response to the recent protesting and violence aimed at the US Embassies in Northern Africa and the Middle-East. As you are aware I'm sure, the invasion of the Embassy in Libya has incited other groups to participate in Anti-American Violence and protesting around the world causing us to step up security. Luckily, the US presence in Nigeria has been exempt from any of this violence,due of course to the good leadership here, both religious and governmental.
When security is tightened, school is closed, the Embassy maintains only a skeleton crew, and we are confined to our compound. Unfortunately, I didn't realize I was a prisoner until loaded up the kids in the car to head to a nearby compound to workout. Normally when I reach the end of the driveway a guard unlocks the gate and lets us through. This time the guard stood blocking the exit telling me that he could not let me leave. He was visibly uncomfortable since he is usually required to do everything he can to accommodate us. I thanked him for taking such good care of our family and turned back to the house irritated that I would not be able to exercise and suddenly regretting postponing my grocery shopping. How I wished our fridge was full of fresh fruits and vegetables instead of the dwindling leftover spaghetti from the night before.
|Spending our 'Security-day' at the pool.|
|Can't do this on a Snow Day!!|
|The perfect end to a child's Dream-day!! Banquet chicken nugget TV dinners, priced at only $12.40 each. We splurge for quality food like pressed chicken parts and artificial cheese!|