I still will need to post our last workshop with a GREAT group photo, lesson by Vilma about how to wear a corte, a few market visits and ....
Tomorrow early Vilma will leave us to return to San Lucus Toliman. It has been such an honor getting to know this brilliant, hard working native woman. You'll hear more about her tomorrow. She needs our help to get a visa to visit Joyce. The US consulate will not give her one because she is unmarried and does not own land in Guatemala..... MORE tomorrow when I'll ask the question: Does someone have name recognition with John Kerry?
But it had been such a tiring week and I wasn't feeling great so we decided instead to just "do lunch" at La Pena del Sol and watch the performence. I brought copies of the photos from 1975.
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As soon as we sat down Genelle, bless her, asked to speak to the teacher and Lesbi came over and explained the program to us. She was VERY excited to see the photos. She was born in the early 70's and there was a major earthquake in 1976 (which killed over 23,000 in the country and cut off water and electricity and access to the town). She had not seen many pictures from before the quake and I gave them to her for the local museum. We also figured if anyone knew the little girl or the young girl they might see them that way.
Lesbi teaches "back strap weaving" so many sometime I'll come down and study with her.
The restaurant had a small number of people which is really too bad because the children did a great performance. The were confident, talented and well prepared! And of course adorable.
First the seed is presented and then blessed by the priest.
It's planted, watered, and harvested and celebrated.