Weekly Photo Challenge: A Good Friday


Ron returned from the states yesterday bearing gifts for all. This morning, after completing my outdoor chores, my two favorite girls came to visit. Lourdes wanted to make cupcakes for Semana Santa. So, I sent her to the side porch to see if there were any eggs in the box. “Dos huevos,” she shouted. “Perfecto,” I responded. Just enough for cupcakes. She mixed, blended, and gleefully decorated two dozen cupcakes.

Then, Johnson and his girlfriend arrived. Last week, Johnson came to my house to visit. He pulled a plastic bag out of his backpack and said, “I have a present for you. It is something for your house.”  His gift to me was his Survivor Run trophy mask. “Johnson, are you sure you want to give your trophy mask to me?” I said kind of teary eyed because I was so touched that he would give his trophy to me. “Of course,” he responded as if I had asked him if he wanted a glass of water.

Johnson is the most humble and gracious person I know. He never complains and works extremely hard to better himself. His goal is to be in the 2016 Olympics as a marathon runner representing Nicaragua. Yet, he has no good running shoes. “Johnson, come here,” I said as I directed him to my laptop. “Pick out a pair of good running shoes. I’ll order then online and Ron can bring them back from the states.”

Today, Johnson tried on his new running shoes. They fit him perfectly. I am so grateful that I can do just a little thing to help him meet his goal.

Next, Marvin and his daughter, Lauren stopped by with a warm, delicious bowl of alvimer. It is a traditional Semana Santa dish of sweet mixed fruit. In exchange, we gave Lauren some Mardi Gras beads that Ron found at his sister’s house in the states.

Soon, Cory, Tina, and Sam arrived. It was a hot afternoon. We are on our second day without running water. AGAIN! It was either go swimming or eat watermelon and play spoons. We opted for both. After teaching all of our Nicaraguan visitors how to play spoons, we joined the crowd swimming on our beach.

At sundown, we watched to cormorants chatting with each other. Then, everyone headed home. Ron and I settled down to a light supper of toasted cheese sandwiches. We still don’t have any running water and I didn’t feel like using my bottled water to wash any dishes.

This evening, I voted for my Cradlepoint Entry. I was trying to win a mini-iPad for Ron, but he bought a new laptop in the states. Now, I have a new goal in mind. I’m trying to hep my young friend, Ever, win this mini-iPad. Ever is the head guide in the Los Ramos rural tourism program. He really needs the internet to communicate with tourists interested in the Los Ramos cultural immersion programs. Presently, my son does all the communication. So, if you can find it in your heart to vote for Ever, please go to this Facebook page to vote. You must have a Facebook account to vote. You can vote every 24 hours until April 12th. Thank you so much for your help.

I’m working on my Weekly Photo Challenge post..a day in the life of…while Ron is passed out on the couch watching basketball games.
It has been a good Friday. Full of love, friends, gifts, and fun. It would have been perfect if we had running water! Feliz Semana Santa!

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15 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: A Good Friday

  1. Debbie,
    I have been enjoying your essays on life on this Nicaraguan island for a few years. It’s something I want to explore a few months at a time as we near retirement, whether it’s Ometepe Island, San Jose Costa Rica, Singapore, or the Philippines. Actually we recently retired but haven’t made any plans to travel yet. Like you guys, I would interact and be a good neighbor wherever we visit. Now, I’m not conversant in Spanish, my vocabulary is limited to “hoya” and “si”. Fortunately my wife is fluent from years of high school and college Spanish.

    A thought: Even an average Social Security retirement income. is a lot in some countries. An old wikipedia article said the average Nicaraguan earns a little over $2,000 a year. Local vendors must be visiting you all the time and I recalled even a brassiere saleman (which was enjoyable to read). I’m sure you do “a little extra” for the local economy. Between you and Ron, you probably don’t need anymore “lifting” undergarments.

    Steve

    • Deanna, thank you so very much for voting for me. Actually, for voting for Ever. I love his name. jeje If you think the trophy mask is scary, you should have seen the Survivor Run Marathon. Johnson competed against a world class mudder and won!!! He’s an incredible athlete.

  2. Your photos remind me of my Latin-American years when I was younger and lived there…..
    Felices Pascuas ,para todos ,y muchísimas gracias por compartir todo esto!
    Buena suerte , también !

  3. I like:

    “Oh, give me a home where the animals roam
    And the monkeys and parrots all play
    +
    Where seldom is heard, the “evacuate” word
    And the skies are not cloudy all day…”

  4. Your pictures are amazing and I love the mask in the upper left hand corner, and of course the chicken in the box shot. It would be great if you could post an update to your reality show post – I would love to watch you on TV 🙂

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