A Day in the Life of an Egyptian Boat Builder - Lily S. 605

A Day in the Life of an Egyptian Boat Builder - Lily S. 605
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  • Morning: 8:00 a.m.
  • This morning I woke up to quite a worrying sound; my sisters screeching. I ran out of my room to see what was happening.
  • EEEEEEEEEEEE!
  • Your Father wants us to help him with a boat for a client. Go comb your hair and change out of your PJ's and he'll come and pick you up in a bit .
  • What's wrong, Mom!?
  • Morning: 10:00
  • One of the fishermen crashed his boat on a cataract, So now we must build him a new one. He said he'd repay us with a third of his catch for the rest of Akhet, or inundation because the farmers can't farm when their fields are flooded!
  • Dad took us to where he worked and explained what was going to happen.
  • Afternoon: 12:00 p.m.
  • We all got to work. Dad and I built the mast, the twins sorted the papyrus into papyrus that would be good for the boat, and papyrus that wouldn't be good for the boat, and mom was inside sewing the sail. 
  • Our 11 year old friend Hu, who is named after the nature god, wakes up to a startling noise, just to find that his father is going to let him and his 6 year old sisters, Net (in brown) and Lapis (in grey) who are twins, help him make a boat.
  • Afternoon: 4:30 p.m.
  • I stopped to take a quick bath when I noticed a large group of tilapia. I swam over and tried to grab one for Mom, she loves the way they look. I almost had on when suddenly-
  • Hu! Stop playing with the fishes! Bath time is for bathing! Anyways, it's time for dinner!
  • Hu's dad takes them down to his work place. He explains that some irresponsible fisherman crashed his boat, and they must make him a new one. During Akhet, the fields are all flooded, so farmers can't do anything.
  • Sunset: 6:00 p.m.
  • Hu and his family get strait to work. All of the family pitches in. Things like this were common among ancient Egyptian family's, seeing how jobs are hereditary.
  • Sunset 6:00 p.m.
  • Hu, stops to take a much needed bath, then finds a tilapia. He is strangely drawn towards nature. As a child he would chase the Ibis birds when he saw them migrating.
  • As the sun sets over Ancient Egypt, Hu and his family play in the river after a long and hard day of work. Family's were very important in ancient times, the  Egyptians had a very happy and laid back lifestyle
  • After dinner, we played in the Nile and watched the boats. All of the fisherman were complaining about taxes. "That's why I went into craftsmanship, craftsmen don't have to pay taxes!" Dad explained
  • By the way, can you find Hu's hidden cat friend? He's in every scene once. Good Luck!!
  • As I watched the boats come back to the shore, I thought of how hard Dad had worked to make those boats, and how hard he works to make sure we're happy. "When I have a family of my own, will I be able to do everything he does?" I thought. But those worried thoughts were erased by a singular statement, And that statement was, I can't wait to be just like Dad.
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