With each new day, we are reminded to live in the present. This is the life-long learning we have talked about previously. Even here, we have our everyday routine tasks. We are learning to think about these in a different way though. Each one is a significant piece in the puzzle of our lives. What we do each moment does count, it does matter….because we have a choice in HOW we do it, no matter where we are. Needless to say, we find ourselves humbled daily by our LACK of “present-ness”. With each new day, we commit to trying again! For instance, we TRY to internalize the uniqueness of turning seven. There are some that never get the chance to turn seven. There are some, like Lilly’s birthmom, that never get to see their children turn seven. We commit to TRYING to put ourselves in another one’s shoes. Mostly, we commit to realizing we cannot understand everything and trying daily to be at peace with this fact! Yet, it seems we falter more than we succeed, in all of these areas. Just the other morning, rather than being awakened by raccoons in our trash (like the time at Lake Vallecito!), we were brought to tears by the young boy scavenging through our garbage. Don’t know if we were shaken more by this or the 4.6 earthquake we felt the night before. I believe the spanish verb “temblar”- meaning “to shake, or shiver” could be used in both situations.
With much sadness in our hearts, we mourn the recent loss of our good friend Leanne from Durango. Taken by cancer at an early age, she no doubt, was living very much in the present during her final months, days, and hours. Why is it, that all last week, the song, “This is the Day” was being sung around our household (in spanish, nonetheless!), and just now, we discover this is Leanne’s favorite song. We like to think of this as a “God-cidence” rather than a “coincidence.” With faith, as in all things, we are given a choice. The choice to cultivate it, however; requires a daily commitment, each and every day. We thank God that He is continually “pushing the envelope”, so that we grow in faith. It’s somewhat, strangely reassuring that while WE may be satisfied with our level of maturity, He is not. It’s because of this love, that He keeps pushing us, keeps teaching us. (Man…kind of sounds like a parenting technique…)
My participation in a local English as a Second Language program here, has provided much insight. Laughter and smiles from within the classroom are definite signs that the transfer of information is taking place. Not surprising, the sights and sounds of Ticos learning english are identical to those of our own classes while learning spanish. While some days I enter the class with much trepidation and fear (of failure, gosh darnit!), most days I leave totally high. It’s truly amazing to gather together as strangers to learn each others’ language and hearts. What a gift this has been…surely one of my highlights here!
Winding down to our final month here in C.R., we find ourselves far from fluent! We feel we have a strong foundation though; one which we would not have had otherwise. Thus, the learning will continue in “the field.” Meanwhile, any chance to leave the noise, pollution and crowds of San Jose are always welcome. We took a trip to the caribbean coast to a small community called Puerto Viejo, which is just north of the Panamanian boarder. The beautiful tidal pools as well as the black sand beach, provided hours of entertainment. A trip to the San Jose zoo, while large and rather run-down, proved to be an interesting venture. Several monkeys and iguanas had managed to escape! Luke, being the most intelligent one of the group, was quick to point out that we might want to leave before the lions too, escape! Ahhh…the adventure of life continues. Until next time…..