Bobby: “Papa’yo ka?” (Maliligo ka? / Are you going to take a bath?)
Me: “Uu. Mama’yo ta na.” (Oo. Maligo na tayo. / Yes. Come let’s take a bath.)

Bobby, in the middle, holds a little plastic bag of “karundang” or shrimps as bait for when he goes fishing later.

It’s such a nice feeling when somewhere in the rural corners of our technology-ridden world, children enjoy playing at the forest river during bath time. They’ll take a bath again (even if they have already) if they see you heading to the river. Most things are communal, so we share my small soap and three sachets of shampoo. These are luxuries for them, so they get pretty excited and lather their hair until the shampoo runs out!

Simple joys.