say the pace of life is slower in Guatemala, but time
seems to be
flying by. This past week included our first round of
Spanish exams, one
month anniversary of being in Guatemala, hearing firsthand
stories of torture
and persecution during the 1980s, two birthdays,
a weekend trip to Chichi
and plenty of explosions.
past weekend we were privileged to be able to watch
events. First we were able to observe two traditional
dances of the bull.
It was an exciting 15 minutes waiting for the random
sets of fireworks
to go off that lit up the bull and flew over our heads
during the second
dance. Saturday, we had the rare opportunity to watch
a Mayan ceremony
which included a thanksgiving sacrifice of candles,
vegetables (that exploded in the fire) and a chicken.
morning was a beautiful mix of Catholic mass and Mayan
rose petals and prayers.
am continually amazed at the resilience of the people
we have met and
talked with. We had the privilege to eat lunch and talk
with the widows
who run the Ruth and Naomi Project (a producer for Ten
Maria (one of the widows) is an amazing woman. Not only
did she lose
her husband but she has had to live close to the man
she knows killed her
husband, leaving her children fatherless, for almost
twenty years. Yet
she has moved on and made a living for her family by
sharing with the
world her beautiful handiwork on the loom. It is these
people who have
lost so much, suffered the trials of living in a war
torn country, and
know what it is like to go to bed hungry and wake up
unsure if there will
be food for their children, that I have found to be
the most generous.
They have freely shared with us their homes, food, stories,
asking only in return for a listening ear.
we start a new week and make plans for service learning
travel, it has dawned upon many of us that soon we will
be moving on and
saying goodbye to our Guatemalan families here in the
as with the goodbyes at the circle over a month ago
at EMU these goodbyes
will lead to new hellos.
- Lynette Nussbaum