Day 5 Monday March 28, 2011
Mondays are hard, even in Honduras. Getting up and going today seemed exceptionally hard. I think everyone was still recovering from the fatigue of the day before. We even skipped our junta last night we were all so tired and had gotten back later that expect ed. Also, the e students helped Dr. Kratz take the Tylenol’s some Aleve and some vitamins and divide them up into individual baggies to distribute to the “clinic” today.
Our drive to the worksite was as scenic as always, the sun was hot today. It was about 100 degrees. There were not many Honduras working with us today, and once again instead of switching off and taking turns with pick axes and shovels, we each had our own. This means everyone felt determined and obligated to work very hard. In fact, we stopped a little early today because I was having a hard time getting this group to take breaks! There were some bees around because of the coffee plants. We were not bothered by them, but I think the intense sound of their buzzing was not exactly comforting to some! In two past experiences the villages have been set up a little differently. They are smaller and more close knit, so there are kids around all the time to play with, and you are working side by side with the Hondurans and forming fast friendships. That was not our experience today. It was just us. We still had fun, worked hard, and had a great experience, but it does make for a boring blog! Dr. Kratz set up in a villager’s household to do his exams. He saw about a 15 women. He was able to use a portable ultra sound and this was first experience for most of the women. He commented what a contrast it was to be using the technology of an ultra sound in an environment that does not even have electricity. ( we had a generator in case you are wondering). He will see about the same amount tomorrow. Sister stayed with him to translate and Chastyn and Sami also helped out by asking the women basic health questions.
There is however lots of soccer and duck duck goose going on in the park right now. Bonding with the kids here in Esquias has definitely been a highlight. There was one little boy who had a really torn up pair of shoes there the last time, and the students made sure to take him some new ones today.
Fun and light hearted moments of the day; Emily’s “pet frog” that a little Honduran boy stabbed with a stick, Brandon and Lauren sang “ice ice baby”, we saw a snake, we gave out suckers to the children as they got out of school today, and they ran alongside the bus smiling and waving as we were leaving, and I learned giving a little Honduran girl a beach ball will bring lots of laughter. Our group motto we decided for the day is “felicidades es el pedo seco”.
Lots of love to all our families. We love you all very much. Everyone is healthy and happy but starting to get a little homesick so your comments mean so much. A3 Spanish, thanks for checking in, I miss you! Jack, I will be home soon so we can have your birthday party!!!!!