Is it Thursday already? How did that happen so fast?
My body is getting used to the work. It figures. Just about the time the story will come to an end, I am finally getting acclimated to the long hours in the heat, the sweat that runs like a river, and the frequent amount of breaks it actually takes to get the job done.
In America, (and I don’t think I am alone here.) I have a tendency to want to power through, git ‘er done, not ‘waste’ time. But El Salvadorians have their own idea about what is a waste of time and getting woozy and dizzy and running out of energy because you didn’t take enough two-five minute breaks to breathe and drink water isn’t a sign of powering through like a tough person, it’s a sign of someone who just doesn’t get it.
Well, I’m getting it. I just hope I remember it when I get home. The theme of the workday was something my mother used to say: Inch by inch everything’s a cinch, and if I had to sum up the El Salvadorian work ethic that would be it in a nutshell. They do extremly hot, hard work, a little bit at a time and then just keep on doing it day after day.
But there is a second part that is very important too and something I also want to remember. They laugh and play. The workmen are always laughing and teasing each other and teasing back and forth with us. Always, always there are big smiles while working.
When is the last time you saw that in America?
When it is time for each break, lunch and end of day, our translator on our site, Douglas has a saying to let us know it is time. He will say, “The game is over, the game is no more.” Not…”The work is over.” But the “Game” and that is telling in how they approach work and life.
So when our game was over for today, we went back to the hotel and were treated to a very special evening of making Pupusas, which, the best way I can describe them is a filled meat-(or whatever you want to fill them with) pie made out of corn tortilla, that is flattened to about the width of a pop-tart but round. And just about the time we took the last bite, a Mariachi Band exploded into the room with loud, happy music and played for us well over an hour. It was a truly once in a lifetime experience.
*********Some side notes to finish up this post:
Tomorrow morning we are leaving this hotel bright and early and I am told there is terrible internet at the resort we are going to, so it is unlikely that I will be able to post after this until I am back in America on Monday. Also, there has been a very short amount of time to do these posts each day and uploading each picture takes a very long time so, somedays there are no pictures- sorry about that (if you are reading this after November 12, 2018, I may have added them in).
I have more I want to say about this trip and I know some of the others do too, so I am going to encourage us to keep this going and adding in our pictures when we get home, so please keep an eye out for more postings on “Reflections on El Salvador” when we get home!
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