so, there’s this monkey…

6 Jul

…tied to a tree behind our house. Adam and I have been intrigued by the monkey since our arrival and have asked many questions regarding the monkey. We were first informed that the monkey did not like women, so we thought we had a chance to become ‘friends’ with the monkey. Some of the local missionary kids have even showed us how the monkey will pick through their hair.

All of our attempts to befriend the monkey have ended in frustration, but today was the best example of the vain ‘acts of kindness’ that we try to show the monkey and are promptly dismissed.

Here is a typical interaction with the monkey. We go out behind the house quietly, making a kissing noise with our mouths, and not making eye contact. (This is what the missionary kids told us to do.) The monkey sees us and gets these big eyes, opens her mouth, and then circles the tree. When we get close enough the monkey does this:

and this is what we see…

Yesterday was particularly hilarious. The missionary kids again informed us that if we took food out to the monkey and sat quietly holding a banana the monkey would take the food out of our hand. Adam and I sat down with our bananas and waited patiently as the monkey moved slowly closer to us and then retreated. Moved a little closer and retreated. Closer… closer…. finally the monkey moved close to Adam and took the banana out of his hand. YES, I thought! But before we had the chance to celebrate our small victory, literally the instant that the monkey took the banana from Adam’s hand it reached up and in one motion, slapped him in the face. Adam yelled and fell backwards in disbelief. I started laughing uncontrollably as Adam, now furious, taunted the monkey and threatened to slap it in the face. I laughed until I cried and now knew we had a slim to no chance at taming the monkey.

Aaron & Adam

8 Responses to “so, there’s this monkey…”

  1. Brian Pape July 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    Hilarious Fellas! Praying for you.

  2. Jonathan Whitmore July 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    That’s hilarious. If you can get a video of the monkey slapping one of you in the face, I bet you could get 1,000 YouTube views easy. Work on that for me- I’ll be at least 4-5 of ’em.

    • Linda Jamison July 14, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

      This is one of the funniest things I have ever pictured in my mind! I can just see the monkey slapping Adam (that face that he looks at so often!) I too have been laughing out loud !!!! Better luck next time Adam!!! Love you much! Mom

  3. Marcela July 6, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

    I am laughing so hard right now! I can’t believe it slapped Adam! He probably thought one banana was a joke-he wants more!

  4. Denise July 7, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    i’ve been waiting for this post. i knew it would come eventually and i’m so glad it was about a slapping monkey.

  5. Karen Tucker July 7, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    GREAT story – I can just imagine Adam’s shock when the monkey slapped him. I’m with the other comments – try to catch this on tape – you could probably win $$ for this one!

    Love to all,

  6. Caleb July 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    The pictures of Adam the Monkey Hunter were hilarious enough. Then the award-winning photo of the hellghost monkey jumping at you. But then when the monkey spits on your sensitive, best-intentioned efforts for cross-species relations with a b-slap… Best. Story. Ever. That’s a shot to the upper 90.

  7. Jen July 7, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

    Brian and i could NOT stop laughing at this!! I can picture the exact expression on Adam’s face… love it.

    love you all and praying daily for your time there!

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