Little Chita turned 8 yesterday and although the rain was a comin' down outside we were warm and cosy inside the 2-room shack with about 10 of our closest friends. Chita's a tough a little kid to reach and he can sometimes be downright withholding with his affection but he seems to have simply fallen in love with Konrad which is awesome. Happy Birthday Little Chita.
Those that know me well know that I'm a bit of a sentimentalist; I wax nostalgic and attach sentimental meaning to nearly everything. This afternoon I noticed that the first sandals that I had purchased here in Central America are barely clinging to life but something in me refuses to let them go. I used to traipse around La Carpio in them, they remind me of Costa Rica and they've served me so well over the past 2 years here in Honduras. How can I just willy-nilly throw them away after all that history together? I realized immediately how ridiculous such thoughts were and then I got to thinking and it occurred to me that this rationale extends to most inanimate objects in my life. I attach emotions and feelings to household objects and they become little friends, companions in my life. And then I thought to give you all some examples of some of the madness. The Sandals Randoms gifts from people over the years Every CD I've ever been given since 1994...there are some that I&…
Last week was the first full week of sun that we have had since Thanksgiving so we decided to take advantage of it last Friday and head off to our favorite swimming hole in all of La Ceiba; La Sirena (The Siren). We opened it open to most of the boys that we're working with and that we know can swim and ended up with 32 rambunctious pre-teens loaded onto a public bus headed off to the mountains. We arrived around 11:00 am and spent most of the day there - Konrad and I spent most of the time acting as lifeguards and arbiters of conflicts and at one point we remarked to one another that we felt like we were in a recreation of "The Lord of the Flies". Kids just ran about in herds diving, climbing, killing wildlife and playing violent and semi-dangerous games. Little kids were commanded about by older ones, the teenagers grabbed more food at lunch time and meted out pitiful portions to the little ones...until we rectified the situation and I noticed that the smallest boys he…
So our Thursday Bible School event continued this past week and in an answer to a year-long prayer we were given the use and the keys to a massive building built by Gringo missionaries that sits vacant 6 & 1/2 days out of the week. This is going to help us out immensely.
No one, including his mother really knew how old Jito was or when he was born so we just decided on the 21st of January and that he looked about 7ish. So today the 21st rolled around and the now 8ish year old Jito was waiting expectantly for me today when I arrived in the dump.
Turned 14 today...we all (including Jimmy) thought he was turning 12 but the birth records say otherwise. He thought he turned at the end of the month I thought it was a week ago so we split the difference and called it a party. H.B. little buddy!
We've finally had our first Thursday event after postponing the official start date for nearly 3 months. The idea hit us back in August to include more youth from the church in the work of Laureles by hosting a weekly event open to the entire community of children in the dump. The event is run similar to a Vacation Bible School but parred down to one afternoon with games, bible stories, arts/crafts, singing, praying and a snack. As far as I can tell the event was a smash hit. I got great feedback from both the kids and the youth that came out for the day...hopefully this is the start of something big.
Gleisy & Suriel playing the Spanish version of London Bridge
The kids never really understood the concept of single file, though I doubt in the event of a real bridge collapse people would shuffle along single file either.
Michael just taking it all in...but pleased. playing next to garbage trucks
The famous Chino
Belinda looks like she can barely hang on to the kids
Marta was cleaning out the house the other day and produced this massive Halloween mask that had managed to hide itself in their 12x12 square foot room of a home for nearly 3 months. Chita was delighted to be reunited with his old friend and insisted on parading it about for most of day.
Darian the Simpleton just laughed her little head off the whole and could barely compose herself enough to take this picture.
Little Matthew on the other hand didn't quite get what all the fuss was about.
Konrad's birthday was this past Wednesday and we "celebrated" at the church that evening. I had thought to describe for you the night's events and the strangeness of it all but Konrad has written his own thoughts about it on his personal blog and they speak better about it than I ever could. What I have done though is post photos from the evening in that he opted to post none. I would suggest reading his blog entry first and then checking out the photos after.