CHAPTER 14 – HOUSE
I don’t move to the fruit valley. But I decide to build a house here.
I visit the valley very often. Step by step, I build a house here. The house is small. I make a double fence around the house. The house is protected like a castle.
Again, I use a ladder when I want to go inside. And inside, I have stairs in one corner of the fence. I use the stairs when I go outside. And I use the ladder when I go inside.
This activity takes the whole August and the beginning of September. But I enjoy it a lot. The fruit valley gives me so much energy. I feel so healthy and strong here.
Sometimes, when I am in the valley at night, I watch the moon and the stars. I think about my wife. I think about my family in England. I know that they see the same moon. They see the same stars. But we can’t be together. I think about my family very often. I wish the best for them.
I also think about all the people who see the moon. I think about the places where they live. I feel connected with them. Sometimes, I feel connected with the whole universe.
I also think about God. I have questions for God. I ask him, “Why am I on this island? Why am I still alive when my friends are all dead?”
I don’t have answers to these questions. But I believe God. I believe that he knows what he is doing.
It is the time when the rainy season starts. The rainy season continues until the middle of October. This is my first year on the island.
When the rains end, I return to my valley house. I see that the fence is all green. New leaves are growing everywhere. This isn’t only beautiful. It is also useful because it is really hard to see the house.
The leaves create shadow. It is very nice to stay here. I want to make a fence from the same wood around my first house too.
When the rainy season is finished, I put my corn in the ground. I have a bad feeling that something bad can happen. I only use a half of the corn. This is a good idea because no corn grows up.
I put the second half of the corn in the ground before the next rainy season. This time, the corn grows up. Now, I have a small farm on the island.
I see that the seasons on the island are different from England. The seasons are not spring, summer, autumn and winter. We have two rainy and two dry seasons. With this information, I can now plan when to put corn in the ground.
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