Wednesday, May 26
Work day numero tres. Done with the sifting and moving sand. Now on to bigger and better things. Moving rocks!! I think this was harder than the sand by far.
There was an exciting part to this day. Walking through the town square on our way to the hospital, we made a friend. Meghan yelled “DOG!” at me from behind just a dog licked my hand. Now the dogs in Santiago are not exactly clean or well-fed or taken care of….so it was not exactly heartwarming, even though he was cute. Well, he decided that he needed a break from his real life for the day and continued to follow us all the way to the work site. He stayed all day, following us with the wheel barrows and eventually laying, exhausted, in the cool sand. He didn’t want food at lunch. He just wanted some lovin. It take long for someone to name him: Gillium. And he will forever be remembered in our site photo!
We left work a little early so we could do some shopping before the shops closed for the day. We lost Gillium somewhere near where he picked up with us that morning and never saw him again! The evening was more fabulous hot tub and pool time, and another delicious dinner.
By this point in the week, I think we were all sore and tired, but also very relaxed at the same time. This trip was so different from my first 2 undergrad spring break trips. Then, we had schedules and things to do and places to be. Now we had work during the day, but basically free time after that to do what you pleased. We still had devotions/discussions in the evenings, which help to process everything you see and are doing, whether this was your first time there or seventh. The most difficult thing is to think about what to do with the extreme poverty. Obviously it’s nothing we can change, but it glares us in the face every day we are there. On the up side, the community seems to put family before anything else, which we could all take a lesson from.