By Tuesday of the second week I was sure wondering why in the world I agreed to stay for two weeks?! This is hard work. By Wednesday I realized I still had things to do and see. And by Thursday I was thinking maybe I needed more time at the daycare and I was certain I would not be able to see all the interesting sites in and around Quito that I wanted to see.
The team is definitely more comfortable with the schedule and what is expected of us this week. The children have accepted us and even are expecting us each morning. Most days last week there were quizzical stares each morning as we arrived. This week they not only seemed to expect us but they appeared to be looking for us. As we walk through the door many of the kids start calling out “hola” and waving. Three of the little girls can say a pretty good version of my name and I hear them calling out to me as we walk in.
Today Dana and Alexis continued caring for the babies with Mitchell taking a turn with the rambunctious boys. Mitchell as well as Katie helped with the block wall because the maestro came today. Katie also hauled high chairs downstairs so that they could be cleaned in the yard. Maryann and Sharon rotated to a different tía for our last two days.
We left daycare #2 a little earlier than usual so we could walk to the bread dough art shop of Cecilia Trujillo. Her figurines were so delicate and intricate it is hard to believe they are made of bread dough.
We celebrated the close of our service with a special dinner out. “Mi Cocina” Restaurant served a wide variety of dishes including traditional Ecuadorian. I was very happy to try the yaguarlocro but none of my fellow volunteers would have anything to do with it. Perhaps because it involved dried lamb blood?
I am leaving with fond memories of our hosts and the adorable children. My wish for the Ecuadorian people is for a healthy life of contentment. For my fellow volunteers I wish for you a life of meaning. Thank you all of you.
Entry submitted by: Sharon
Message of the Day – Alexis: “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.