Thinking it was going to be a lonely Thanksgiving, we decided to offer to have a Thanksgiving party at our house for all of the American volunteers. Of course, then we thought that the European volunteers would feel left out, so we invited them too. Then other people started hearing about it, and before you know we had to invite this family from
Spain, the Directors family and the Ranch priest. Other people from
Honduras approached Carl about wanting to come, but we had to set a limit as we have a tiny house. We have never been so popular in our entire lives… Any excuse for a party! Anyway, by the time it was all said and done we were having 26 people to Thanksgiving dinner in our three room house! Of course, everybody was bringing lots of food and liquor, so we only had to do the
Turkey, stuffing, gravy, bread, and some appetizers. Right before everyone arrived some pequeños showed up at our door with a rattlesnake. You see, I am “the animal lady.” Everyone brings me various animals for the laboratory. Well, Jesus, what the hell was I going to do with a rattlesnake 5 minutes before all these guests were about to arrive? I told them to let it go, thank you, I don’t want a rattlesnake right now(plus I already have one!).
Everyone filtered in and our kitchen/livingroom/dining room was packed. It was fun to teach the Europeans and Latinos about Thanksgiving. They thought it was great. I told everyone to bring their own plate and spoon (that is the tradition here because no one has enough plates and utensils- everyone is issued one plastic bowl-like plate and one spoon when they arrive). I was a little worried that people forgot because I didn’t see anybody bring theirs in. We only have a few. But then, after the prayer was said (we even had the priest to lead us in giving Thanks) everyone ran to the buffet. Plastic plates and bowls started coming out of everyone’s shirts, backpacks, purses, etc. It cracked me up! Then everyone washed their own dish before dessert. I think this tradition should be brought back home. Just think of the time and effort saved! By the time everyone left, our house was pretty much trashed, but since we only have three rooms, it wasn’t too hard to clean up. Everything is so much simpler here. What a memorable Thanksgiving!
Lucas says “cheers” with a rootbeer
Carlos cuts the turkey
The status of the boys
The boys are going to have a tough time readjusting to life when they return to
Exeter. They are now so accustomed to having constant companionship. After we get home from school, we eat lunch, do a few chores and then they are gone until dinner. Henry is usually playing soccer and Lucas is off playing soccer, riding his bike with friends, or lately he has been trying to lasso some wild horses with his friends. We eat dinner at the hogar and then they play more. By the time bed time arrives they are completely and utterly exhausted, not to mention filthy. Trying to get Lucas in the shower is often difficult because he is so tired. Then we have to practically carry him to bed.
An unfortunate event happened this week in our hogar. One of my favorite boys, Donovan, got in a fight with another boy in the hogar while they were working. In Donovan’s rage he sliced the other boy in the face with his machete. It required 8 stitches. Donovan was sent to the Honduran version of “family services” to live at the public orphanage/place for juvenile delinquents. He has to stay there for a month and then go to his Aunt’s house for another two months. Apparently the Aunt is a very disturbed woman. I feel so badly for him. Apparently the place he is at is horrible. I can only imagine a Honduran version of a juvenile delinquent hall. Donovan is always trying to act tough when underneathe he is just a little, sweet boy who desperately wants a mom. This place is only going to make him have to act even tougher. It’s the last kind of environment this kid needs. We plan to visit him soon. I miss him.
With financial help from friends from home, Carl would like to create a new pavilion for this site (“The Poza”) on the ranch. It is a place where all the kids swim and often have picnics. Right now the foundation you see here is the only facility. Let us know if you are interested in helping.
For Halloween we dressed the entire hogar up as pirates. We were supposed to attend a costume contest, but it was cancelled due to torrential rains. Notice the bucket in the background. There are roof leaks all over the hogar and our house too! The best part of getting dressed up was drawing and skull and crossbone tatoos on all the boys. They thought that was the greatest thing ever.