and yesterday was just pure joy in that river. An unexpected blessing in the middle of much water hauling!
Our sixth grade teacher, Keidy, invited us to have lunch in the home she grew up in with her family. Home for her is an hour by dirt road from the Villa. We set out, all 28 of us smooshed into the two Jericho vans, and arrived dusty and dry after that bumpy road trip.
Keidy's mum (actually her grandmother who raised her) was waiting for us. She had prepared a huge pot of arroz con pollo (chicken and rice) and had made a juice out of a local fruit called Nance. Her humble home was ours for several hours and it was such a blessing to wash clothes in her pila (outdoor cement basin with a cement washboard) and to take real showers.
|Keidy serving arroz con pollo|
|Keidy and her Mama|
|Keidy and Juan Carlos|
I think it was Keidy's idea but we were all thinking about it. We had seen the river on our way into town. It was the cleanest looking river I have ever seen here, not the usual muddy colored, litter strewn rivers you commonly see. No, this one was inviting and it had a strong current.
|entering the river|
|my swimming buddy|
|Julio, Carmen, Lissel, and Vanessa|
|"Welcome to the Swimming hole at the Bridge"|
|pinl parasol lifeguards|
We walked in together, tentatively at first, not sure of the depth or the strength of the current. Julio was the first to plunge into the swirling water and it took him down quickly but without harm. We watched him bob up and down the river as he just barely missed rocks along the way. Soon pairs of children (we use the buddy system while swimming) were plunging and floating, swirling and giggling as the current took them down the river. I don't know how long we played like that. I totally lost track of time and of facts like the age of my frame. The river carried us, cradled us.....and our worries seem to float right down that river. And we burst into joy.
We still don't have that water pump working but somehow the water feels lighter in the bucket today, knowing that the One who takes care of us knows what we need and surprises us with joy.