Juice Boxes and Machetes

There is an old, weathered bus stop across the street from our house that serves no purpose other than boarding the occasional spider and its web. In an unusual turn of events, there was a flurry of activity there this weekend. On Friday, three young kids spent the entire afternoon playing under the tin shelter. After a quick tea party on the bench (consisting of juice boxes and cookies), they ventured out to find and collect treasures in the gutters and along the fringes of the rainforest. By late afternoon, the bench was lined, from end to end, with rocks, flowers, leaves, and a few bottle caps.

Less than twenty-four hours later, Kylee ran into the kitchen and said, “Uh, Mom, there’s a bunch of Papuans at the bus stop with knives!” Sure enough, a large group of Papuan men had assembled at the bus stop with their 2-foot machetes. After a few minutes of inspecting and sharpening the machetes, they, too, ventured out into the rainforest, but never returned.

I would have loved to have taken a picture of the Papuans with their machetes, but a covert picture was out of the question, and I wasn’t sure how the armed men would have responded to my request for a photo op.

The (unoccupied) bus stop. The dark, curved line in the grass behind the bus stop is the path that the Papuans use to leave and enter the rainforest.

The unoccupied bus stop.
The dark, curved line in the grass behind the bus stop is the path that the Papuans use to leave and enter the rainforest.

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3 Responses to Juice Boxes and Machetes

  1. claire williams says:

    YIKES – I wish I could send you Cameron’s Ak-47.

    • Kriste Rose says:

      Me, too! It’s not uncommon to hear them using their machetes in the forest above our house. However, it’s, definitely, more unsettling seeing them armed with their machetes 15-feet from our front door. Hope all is well with you! We’d love to have you stop by and visit the next time you’re in this part of the world!

  2. Don Doody says:

    Now that’s scary! You are a very adventurous family. Not for me.

    You’re new tenants have moved in. Haven’t met them yet. George did a good job on your yard Friday. It looks very nice. Still no bites on our home. Having second thoughts about the move.

    Happy New Year to you and your family.


    Sent from my iPad Don Doody 29655 N. 69th St. Scottsdale, AZ 85266 480-585-0937 Cell – 480-213-7541 doodioni@aol.com


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