Lunes loco

17 Feb

What a crazy Monday! it started early with the realization that Daniel did not have enough contact solution to get him through the week at camp. Vicki hiked off to the pharmacy at 6:40am, but of course, none were open, so she and Daniel hailed a taxi at 7:15 to go to the meeting point for the camp transportation. Somehow the taxi driver misunderstood her and took them to the bus station, which, although not far off, was not the meeting point. He was upset about the change and wanted double the fare they had agreed on, which was ridiculous since it was only a little out of the way. Vicki held her ground and gave only a few soles more.

I’m not sure why we ever rush to go anywhere here. Upon arriving late at the meeting point, Vicki still had enough time to walk four blocks to a pharmacy, buy the contact solution, walk back, and still wait more than half an hour for the camp buses to get loaded. I was tracking all this on my phone while in grammar class. Then Anna, who was home alone with Timothy, sent a message that there was someone at the door wanting to fix something inside and should she let him in. After a few messages, I finally realized that our landlord was there with the plumber, and so yes, they should let him in as I had talked to the landlord about the problem with the sink. There are some uses of the verb “quedar” which I missed out on while all this was going on, so there will probably a permanent hole in my Spanish vocabulary….

This afternoon, Vicki and I went to our friends’ house to help their kids with reading English. This is a great opportunity for Vicki just now and she excels at it. I was to discuss upcoming software and training work with David J as well as meet the intern who will be helping on software projects, but sooner after arriving I remembered that I was supposed to be downtown to make travel arrangements for our friends coming from the States in a week as well as discuss an upcoming opportunity to do a university seminar. So I grabbed a taxi, met with the travel agent for an hour, and made it home just a few minutes before Vicki. Just a few minutes later, friends from language school picked us up for dinner.

What a delightful change of pace was dinner after a crazy day. Our friends graciously took us to a beautiful and amazingly quiet spot in Arequipa, where we enjoyed good food and relaxed conversation. They live in Alaska part of the year and in Peru the rest of the time. They are headed to the jungle as missionaries with an emphasis on construction and have some interesting stories about life on the Amazon. Like us, they have children (and unlike us, 10 grandchildren!) in the States. I cannot tell you what a blessing it is for us to hang out with people who, like us, have seen the unseen with the eyes of faith and give of their time and energy to make a difference in the lives of others, both temporally and spiritually. Another couple we have met just moved from Georgia in order to be able to adopt two kids from a local orphanage. They were told the only way they could so was to move to Peru, so they pulled up roots and did exactly that. They are in school with us doing the hard work of learning the language as adults so they can communicate with their newly adopted kids! How’s that for love? Critics would no doubt say the model of one-on-one investment in lives doesn’t scale. Critics would also not have predicted that 11 Jewish tradesmen and one Pharisee would turn the world upside down. For the humble folk like those we have been privileged to meet here (as well as many in the States who are continually investing their lives in others), “Love God and love people” is not just a slogan, but a way of life. It is incredibly inspiring to know them.

5 Responses to “Lunes loco”

  1. georgiajammy February 18, 2014 at 6:55 am #

    Another great blog post, David! May The Lord continue to bless the work of your hands and hearts!

  2. Millie February 18, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    Que testimonio! Que bendición!
    Es exactamente lo que estamos estudiando los domingos en el K-group!

  3. michael CHANDLER February 18, 2014 at 10:34 pm #

    We have friends in our church who are now in China picking up two orphan tots for adoption. They have been there 3 weeks doing all the paperwork. We thought they were going above and beyond the call of duty for these girls, but your story tops even theirs. Our friends did not have to learn Chinese!

    Glad to hear you are getting some good social life. Good for Vicki to keep the cab driver in line!

  4. Peter L February 22, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    David- quick lesson on what you may have missed: “quedar” means to remain, or to be located. It is often used in place of “estar” when telling where a building is: La farmacia queda a cuatro cuadros de aquí. = The pharmacy is four blocks from here. As a reflexive verb, “quedarse” means to stay somewhere: Anna se quedó en casa con Timothy. = Anna stayed home with Timothy.

    • David Chandler February 22, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

      Thanks, Peter. We were also looking at quedar + adj. (Me quedó dormido), quedar + gerundio (Me quedo trabajando), and quedar + “se” accidental: (Se quedaron mis llave en casa). Oh, and it can work like gustar also (Nos quedan 10 minutos para terminar la clase).

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