But, let me share, this kid is a warrior of the BEST KIND. Her official work with high school volunteers starts tomorrow. At the moment she has been out in the communities learning their needs, identifying their community sponsored programs, and anticipating how she can support both the communities and their youth volunteers. Here is a peek for our blog reading Songbird fans of the best parts of our FB chat --- Songbird fans, I know you're out there!
She said this about seeing her high school year host mom and dad in Quito:
"...it was really nice to see her and Manuel...he saw me and was like "Songbird que gusto - eres flaquita!"
I asked her, "are you falling in love with Ecuador anew?" She said, " Its going to be fun coming home with so many stories! My communities are so high up! Yeah, they are awesome, sort of difficult sometimes because the culture IS so different. but I think I've figured out the ins...All I have to do is go out with the sheep and help shell ava beans :-)"
I responded: "I am so happy for your chance to reconnect and recreate a new reality for yourself there -
it makes me extra proud of how brave and courageous and forgiving you are."
She laughed and told me: "Yeah...the sheep. I'll come back home a good shepherd!"
You know what, I bet she will! Here are a few details about her life in Ecuador:
- The first language of her communities is Kichwa
- She's working in 3 communities
- Elevation is 4200 meters
- Everyone eats lots of potatoes, ava beans and rice
- People go to bed about 8 pm when the sun goes down and get up at 5 am when the sun comes up
- She can buy about 6 avacadoes for $2 and is cooking some awesome local flavors
I miss this amazing daughter of mine, and I love her anywhere and everywhere
she travels and works as she lives her lovely life.