Hicks From the Sticks


“Tengo miedo,” she said.  I’m scared.  The second-year high school student stood before the escalator at the Cascadas Mall.  She had never seen an escalator and hesitated putting her foot onto the upwardly moving step.  Many of the students at the Instituto Lorenzo Cervantes are from rural aldeas (villages) that have few services or amenities (no running water, paved streets, stores).  My contraparte Ana, the Profe Guadalupe, and myself chaperoned thirty alumnos to Tegucigalpa’s Museo de la Historia de Honduras last Saturday.  Tegus, the capital city of more than one million inhabitants, contains many wonders, the fabulous museum being one.  Although prohibited from taking pictures in most exhibits, especially the mixographs of Mexican artist Tamaya, we were allowed a little freedom.  Afterward we went to the mall for lunch and shopping.  The kids had a great day.  I had a great day.  I love my job!

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About Fortunato Velasquez

Fortunato Velasquez received his Registered Nurse's license from the State of California during the month that Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. On February 15, 2020, my friend and the director of the Fundación Señor San José in La Paz, La Paz, Honduras, Sister Edith Suazo Fernandez died at the age of 47. https://youtu.be/Poqcf0vn0qQ This a video of her funeral.

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