Thursday, April 25, 2013

Quote of the Day:  “Let us not take it for granted that life exists more fully in what is commonly thought big than in what is commonly thought small.” ― Virginia Woolf

Daily life here is continuing as it always does.  The little children (mostly orphans under the age of six) come every morning for school and hot porridge.  They come laughing and singing and leave around noon the same way.  In the afternoon, the older kids come to learn English in Karen's English school.  We feed them, too, but they get rice and beans.  They just can't learn much on empty stomachs.  Every day one of the staff is ill or has family that is ill, but that's just the way of things here.  We pray for them and give them time off and the funds to buy medicine.  Things are always breaking or the weather causes us to have to repair stuff almost every day during the rainy season (which is now).  Then we have continual maintenance on the equipment on which we depend, like the generator and the car.  The car is in need of a wheel bearing that we are trying to run down so that we can fix it next Tuesday.  Here, everything runs on its own schedule which is not one of our making.  It keeps us from ever being bored.  It is good to be home even if it is hard to get back into the swing of doing things much more slowly than in America.  Here we have the Latin America "mañana" culture, but without that urgency.  I like it.

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