Monday, October 24
Yesterday, during the announcements after church, we learned that one of the Sisters of the Church was arriving in Marulaon with a big ice chest. Sister Mary Faith is from Marulaon, and she is here to collect lots of fish and shellfish from the community to take back to Honiara. As part of the Marulaon community, Sarah, Katherine, Naomi and I went with Kiko and Grace to dive for kalimeta to send back.
I never get tired of looking at all of the amazing underwater creatures that God made: bright blue starfish, fish of every hue, and creatures that look like little flowers attached to the coral, until you get close and they disappear into the protection of the coral. And the variety of coral! The lightning coral is purple tipped to warn you that it stings, the brain coral makes a great home for lots of little animals. At one point, I pulled Sarah close and asked her if she could believe that we lived in such a gorgeous place.
We came back tired and waterlogged and with a full bag of kalimeta. Kiko is going to look after the bag and keep the critters fresh in the edge of the water just by her house until it is time to send them back to Honiara.