The Gift of Running Water

Saturday, March 22 is World Water Day. I am reblogging this post about the gift of water in our lovely community in Los Ramos.

Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua

The tree that is beside the running water is fresher and gives more fruit.
~Saint Teresa of Avila

The first time we visited the tiny community of Los Ramos, at the base of Vulcan Concepcion, Francisco’s mother gave us a bottle of Coca Cola and a watermelon. She knew that walking a half mile down the steep and rocky path to their village parched us. Sipping on the warm Coca Cola, we watched Francisco’s grandfather unloaded two large, worn plastic water containers from the back of his horse.

“We don’t think your bodies are accustomed to our well water, so we bought you Coca Cola and a watermelon,” Francisco’s mother replied. We graciously accepted her gifts, hoping that we could eat the large watermelon at her house, because it was a long, steep uphill walk back to the main road to catch the bus.

Francisco’s mother explained to us that…

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