Written by Bonnie Hendrickson
Rice is a favorite dinner staple and black is, of course, Tatu’s favorite color. So when I saw Black Rice in the store I just had to get it.
I showed it to everyone that morning after breakfast. Tatu was fascinated by the beautiful black kernels. Staring wide-eyed, she signed very slowly BLACK BLACK over and over again.
Later that afternoon I brought out the rice cooker, water and measuring cups so they could watch the process of preparing rice. Whenever possible I like to include the chimpanzees in the everyday activities of their lives.
Loulis watched from a short distance. Tatu, having seen the process before, surreptitiously glanced over her shoulder. While I can’t say for sure, I got the impression that she didn’t want to forget herself like she did earlier in the day and appear uncool or too eager. Dar found the process interesting.