We had the opportunity to house sit for a family who went away during New Years. We enjoyed living in a different are of Yaoundé, seeing different things. We were thankful for a quiet New Years Eve, at our home it is loud most of the time and especially loud on weekends and holidays. David and I actually made it to midnight (it’s been several years since that has happened). We were surprised when the doorbell rang at 8am. David went to the gate to find children handing him flowers yelling, “Bonne Année” (Happy New Year). David took the flowers, thanked them and came back in. Sunday night we were talking with others who have lived here for many years and recounted our New Years Day flowers. We were asked if we gave them candy or money. We said neither. Apparently, we were supposed to give candy or money to the children for the wishes and flowers. Chalk one up to another lesson learned.