Thursday, July 10, 2008

Alkaselzter and Lemons

I fell in sewage the other day. See I had to go to the bathroom and there are two options for me in my town. One latrine which is over a stream and you have to walk through a swampy pasture. The other option being the latrines at the school which is just a walk down the beach, but that latrine is not always an option because sometimes they lock it. Going with the for sure open latrine I head toward the stream. Taking the shortcut, I walk through people´s backyards until I come to a quebrada. Which is really a stream where all the sewage goes. It´s larger than it was last time, but since by now nature was really calling, I decided to take the plunge. And my foot went slopping into the sewage about up to my knee. Around this time, I loose my chaco so I stick my arm into the sewage as well looking for the chaco. (Cause, those things are my pride and joy). Looking for the next place to place my other foot, I just plunge it into more mud. And again, lost my other chaco. By this time, I´m pissed, I have to go to the bathroom and I´m covered in raw sewage. So frusterated I head home. My home is on the main path so everyone saw my walk of shame. And laughed.

They do like to laugh. And so I laughed to and tried to give the kids hugs.

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.


Keith said...

Wow Life in Panama and life in Japan are so similar. No wait I take that back. The closest I have come is getting a slight smell of sewage as I ride my bike down the road.

We are in different worlds for sure. But I am really moved by your willingness to serve people in an area that requires this kind of sacrifice.

I hope you are doing well and staying encouraged. You ARE making a difference and I am so proud of you.

Your an awesome young lady!

OMR said...

Now you are truly cultured Jamie. So proud indeed, I get teary eyed like an Japanese cartoon character.


shinbone #4 said...

when life hands you crap = make crap juice?