2008 the first trip to the farm at El Hogar

Madre with a few of the students

We woke up on time this morning. The students stand in formation, raise the flags, sing a song and then go to breakfast before starting their morning household chores and then off to their farm duties.

It occurred to me that if I had the boy’s pictures with their names I could remember their names faster.  So why not create a picture directory ?  So Wes got permission, and I got my camera and went to work.

Professor Lindolfo, who teaches agriculture, took me on a tour of the fields. Celery, potatoes, red sweet potatoes, all kinds of herbs (ashorte), cucumbers (papenios) radishes, bananas, lemon grass for tea, oranges, avacados, papaya, squash, cabbage, coffee, yucha ( I ate some of this out of the field.  It is a root), malanga, passion fruit, pineapple.

We helped the students stake and wire cucumber vines and finished the painting in the cantina we started before Lindsay fell. We also got permission to paint an Episcopal Shield over the door.

After lunch Lindsay and I took each students (49) and staff members picture and a class photo as well. With the Mac I can create a yearbook for them.  It is making it much easier to remember their names now we have their faces!

We have published four yearbooks since we started in 2008.  The boys look forward to them every year.

2008 Reflection …a time

Everyone who has visited a Central American country knows that we in the USA have a different perspective of time.  They have a schedule at the El Hogar or maybe it is just a routine, but lives are not dominated by their watches and very few things get them upset.

There doesn’t seem to be a great deal of yelling to each other and no one seems really stressed.  I realized what affect this was having on me when I was using a computer in their computer lab and it was very slow. But I was so grateful to be able to at least email home that I didn’t mind waiting (and waiting). Actually I prayed and gave thanks as I waited.

It is amazing when you have to be ready at 5:20am for formation and flag raising and 5:30am for breakfast that ten o’clock am seems like you have been up for ever. It is very dark here at night. When the lights go out you can’t see anything. So it is easy to fall asleep.

I don’t need to watch John Stewart or to know what the weather will tomorrow be before I go to bed.  I haven’t missed TV at all. I do somewhat miss knowing the news-but on second thought not really. At night we sit around and play cards, games, read or write.

We can get so set in our ways that habits good or bad become away of life-usually without reflection.  Maybe it is about time that we chose to live with less stress and pressure, less TV and more one to one activities.