The past couple of days I have begun to get a bit worried that maybe our little fascination with survival shows on the Discovery channel might be getting a little out of hand.
Tariq, Saad and I have been going up on the roof during our late afternoon load shedding time to get some outside time because it is just too hot to sit inside without fans. Usually I sit and do a bit of knitting, or writing, and the boys fly kites. Sometimes I'll bring some juice and a snack and we'll have a little picnic.
Our little roof play time has now become an exercise in survival techniques. Most specifically how to make fire. At first it was just Saad, he would take some little sticks from an old kite, and try to twirl them between his palms on top of an old board. Then Tariq got involved. Then I had to have a go.
After I got a blister on one hand, I gave up and went back to my knitting. Tariq has even tried a technique that he saw on Dual Survival, which involved a mobile phone battery and a bit of steel wool. He has a plan that he will learn how to make a fire, practice now, and then have it all down when we get to the US and want to go camping.
Almost a week of trying and still no fire, maybe I should google it?