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!
Our children are growing up. Nancy, Celia and Magda completed their First Communion Sunday with a huge group of their peers. More than thirty children entered into the sacrament Sunday blessed by four priests. Thursday we’re celebrating our seventh Annual Thanksgiving Day at the Hogar with three turkeys for family and friends. The children of the Fundación Señor San José are truly something special. Next month I will be traveling to Seattle to spend the cold, snowy winter holidays with my own children and grandchildren.
The children at the Hogar have developed an interest in Astronomy since I pointed out the alignment of the planets Venus, Mars and Jupiter in the early morning sky a few days ago. They thought they were stars. After my first lecture a few would roll out of bed before 5 AM to see the planets change their positions in the night sky as the days progressed until they finally disappeared. Today I gave a class on the planets and their relationship to the solar system. Most asked good intelligent questions. They were in awe at a flyby over the terrain of the planet Mars I accessed on YouTube.com and at the land rovers Spirit and Opportunity traveling across the Martian surface exploring. With the computer I showed them a panorama of the universe recorded by the Hubble telescope of the hundreds of thousands of galaxies and their billions of stars. One young lady asked: “Where’s Jesus?”
Central America is full of wonderful places to visit. I have traveled through Guatemala, Belize, México, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and of course most extensively in Honduras. The culture of my mixed native heritage is so awesome I am continuously filled with pride at my indigenous brethren who have not only survived the European invasion, and the subsequent 300 years of enslavement, ethnic cleansing, and 200 years of the more modern economic oppression of my people, but they are thriving. There is moreover an increasing change in the wind. I see it every day in the Lenca children I teach and mentor. They are vibrant, intelligent and full of energy and they crave education. Happy Samhain to everyone on this 31st of October; or as my late irreverent father used to say: Happy Jala Mel Weenie!
To file a complaint against an attorney in Honduras one must submit a denuncia to the Colegio de Abogados. The lawyers college has a board, the Tribunal de Honor, that hears every denuncia petition alleging incompetence and fraud. A busito leaves Comayagua for The City Mall in Tegus located across the street ftom the international airport Toncontín every day on a regular schedule. Two blocks from the mall is the Colegio de Abogados building. I walked over at 9 AM and submitted my denuncia receiving a receipt from the law clerk. I took a couple of pics of the mall food court before I walked over but was chased out by a security person saying pics were not allowed in the mall. If this denuncia is successful I will publish the crooked lawyer’s name who defrauded me. Another big denuncia I have is against the murdering thief Columbus, to whom a holiday has been dedicated in the US. May he rot in hell for initiating the slaughter of the western hemisphere’s indigenous people, their enslavement and subsequent genocide.
There is no better way to spend a Saturday than a band competition. Eighteen bands from schools around the Comayagua Valley dressed in colorful uniforms instilled such a sense of pride. They are so talented, drumming and marching with electrifying enthusiasm. These participants are not from wealthy families, not even middle-class families. Most of the kids are from dirt-poor families who sacrificed to buy those uniforms and instruments. And the majority of the children who traveled to Lejamani for the competition could not afford to bring food to sustain them for the long day. Not even the chaperon teachers. Food was provided at the end of the competition by the event’s organizers supporting and instilling national pride via month-long September Independence Day celebrations encouraging the country’s youth. I present my good friend Celia Jasmín in three of the pics because a US family has been trying to adopt her for the past three years and they have donated funds to purchase uniforms and instruments for our Hogar children. Thanks Allison and Micheal and family for helping make the day possible.