Hi! My name is Shinobu. I am an eleven year old Egyptian girl. I live in the city of Giza. Here is a detailed description of what my life is like. Read on, and you will be amazed !
When the sun came up I got out of my bed…well, you can’t really call it a bed, when it’s just a blanket on the floor! I sleep on the fllor together with my six brothers and sisters. I have two sisters and four bratty brothers.
I was up at the crack of dawn to help my Mom with the baking of the bread that we would be eating for breakfast. I ground the wheat and mixed it with water, added the yeast, and proceeded to kneed the dough for about two minutes. It’s really hard work! Then I placed it on a large wooden board with a long handle that I placed in our brick oven to bake it. I like watching the bread as it rises. When it was done my Mom cut it into eight pieces and poured out eight clay cups of wine for us. We had to drink wine today because the water in the Nile River is too dirty to drink.
After I finished eating I put on a long white plain linen dress. I looked longingly over at my only colored dress, which is red, with shades of blue and green. I think the colors are made from different plants. I have never worn it because then the colors would wash out. It is very pretty, though!
I stepped outside to see my best friend Nephrotitia. We played a great game of tug of war with some other kids in our town. Our team was losing, but then we pulled extra, extra hard and won! After that we were a little tired, so Nephrotitia and I sat down to play a nice game of senet together. It is a brand new game that she got for her birthday. I tried hard, but lost twice. She is a skillful player!
Later we decided to take a nice long stroll around a pyramid and saw some workers loading some treasure into a tomb. One of the objects they were loading in really caught my eye! It was golden and very shiny! I took a closer look and recognized it as a statue of our God of Embalming, Anubis, on top of the golden box. It was really cool!
Then it was time for me to get on home to have some fruit and get on with my chores. My mom was waiting for me at the door. First I took a big bunch of clothes to the river to wash. The hot sand burned my feet at first, but then I dipped my feet in the cool River Nile. As I washed our clothes, I noticed the townsmen fishing in the river for our meal. Then I went home to our stone house to finish up the rest of my chores. My Mom was waiting outside for me with an impatient look on her face. I quickly washed all the clay dishes, then swept the floor with a broom made out of a stick that has long reeds attached to it.
After finishing my chores I had to go help irrigate our fields. We do this by using a huge shaduft to pull water from the river and then dump it on our growing crops. It is really hard and tiring work, but I am required to do my part to help my family out. After finishing my work with the crops, I went to out Temple to pray to all our Gods for a successful and plentiful harvest of wheat.
Then I went into town to do a trade deal. My brother is training to be a scribe and he is really tired of having to use heavy clay tablets to practice his writing on. I wound up trading a floral clay pot for five rolls of papyrus. I sure wish I could go to school! I’ll never know what all those funny pictures and signs my brother writes actually mean. Girls aren’t allowed to attend school. I don’t think this is fair. In fact, my other brother Iman helped me to put this essay together.
Finally I returned home and was famished! We sat down to a delicious fish meal that my brothers caught earlier in the day. After eating I layed down for a well deserved nice long sleep.