Once the rainy season starts it will be impossible to navigate the long muddy dirt road down to the raging torrent the Umuya River will become. So we enjoy Mother Nature’s fruits while we can. We stand in a huge Mango grove and the kids scamper up like monkeys to harvest the succulent treats and swim in the nearby presently placid river water where we spend Sunday afternoons..
This ancient Lenca pottery was dug out of the ground by workmen at a construction site in downtown La Paz about three weeks ago. These ollas are several thousands of years old and predate the Maya culture by many centuries. The 6,000-year-old pyramid complex of the El Chircal archaeological zone is about ten kilometers from the municipalidad of La Paz, the La Paz departmental administrative center. My goal is to interview the workmen who made the discovery and view the site for photographic evidence to establish provenance.
Seven years ago today I arrived in Honduras as a Peace Corps Trainee. After a three-month training period I was accepted as a Peace Corps Volunteer along with 14 other Health Care Project Volunteers; of whom only 6 of us would complete the two-year term of service. I encourage anyone interested in this web page to scroll back to my introduction to Sister Edith and the children in her care that day so long ago when I met her and the kids. The situation today is quite different. When I returned from my vacation to the States last month Sor Edith told me she had received the keys to a 2011 micro-bus a supporter had donated to the Foundation the day I arrived home to La Paz. I look back with a sense of reverence to those days when there was barely enough to eat and we were worried about putting a roof on an abandoned, dilapidated adobe building, being previously used as a garbage dump, where the children were housed in their then-new home, sleeping on discarded bedding, after having been evicted from a municipal building initially provided by the alcaldía.
I moved into my new home on February 1st after a week of moving STUFF in my old pickup truck. A couple of days later when I went to the cable company to reestablish my internet connection I learned that there was no service where I live. It is a new home. It is not clear if or when my connection will be reestablished so yesterday I threatened to leave the cable company for a new provider. This morning there were two cable service trucks in front of my house with guys climbing the nearby telephone posts. Meanwhile I am reduced to frequenting fast-food providers to use their wifi service. If I have internet service next week in my home I will post pictures of my new digs.
The children loved the used but still good clothing my family and friends provided the Hogar San José. The kids are very grateful. You will always be in their prayers.
The thirty days I spent with family over the holidays seems like a dream. I hadn’ t returned to the States for a year and a half. My elder daughter’s family is selling their home looking over Puget Sound and has bought a new home on the banks of the Skagit River west of Washington’s Cascades Mountains. My vacation was very, very nice. It was also nice to return home to La Paz, La Paz, Honduras Thursday. I sent by US Postage 6 small boxes of donated clothing for the children at the Home (many thanks to my granddaughter Sofia) and another couple of boxes filled with shoes will be arriving soon.
These are the gifts I am leaving the children this year. Books. I always gave my own children books for the holidays and I follow suit with the children of the Hogar San José. The authors I have chosen for the older kids are Isabel Allende, Laura Esquivel, Jules Verne, Ernest Hemingway, Alexander Dumas and other lesser known authors who write well. The elementary set get color books and crayons. When I return from Seattle next year I plan to begin a Literature and Lenca History class and continue Astronomy, English and sign language classes. The children will be busy: they will also resume their marching band activities. Tomorrow I fly to Seattle for a month. Happy Solstice and a Merry New Year everyone!