The Merry Month of May O

In the Liberian usage of the English language, the letter “o” is frequently added at the end of a sentence to add emphasis to what has been said. John-Mark Sheppard, author of Cracking the Code: The Confused Traveler’s Guide to Liberian English, calls it a “verbal exclamation mark”. Incorporating this use into the title of the post seemed most appropriate.

Last weekend was tough on the body. On Friday (being May 5) one of the couples hosted a Cinco de Mayo celebration for the other senior couples, tenants in the apartment and a few others. It was a great time to socialize, but unfortunately there was a fair amount of food involved and not wanting to disappoint anyone, we had to do our part to make sure that it was consumed… Needless to say, doing our exercises the next morning was a little bit harder than it should have been.


On our way back to the apartment after exercising last Saturday, we visited with one of the other tenants in the building and he invited us to a birthday gathering for their daughter later that evening. We had a very enjoyable time with his family, some of his co-workers and associates. One of the games they like to play is musical chairs and it was quite fun to watch the children really get into it. It was even more fun to watch the adults (first the ladies and then the men) take their turns to participate in it. Sadly though, there was another encounter with a great deal of delicious food and well let’s just say we  needed to spend extra time exercising Monday morning (all week for Elder Allen!).




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