This morning just us adults went in to finish up the last little bit at Altagracia’s home/school. The creatures stayed and worked on homework and chores. Each day when we arrive, Altagracia has everything all nice and clean from the day before. I think she is really enjoying putting things back together and organizing things once again. While some of us finished up the painting,
Danny and Allen fixed up some light fixtures.
The playful kitten didn’t want Marci to clean, then went over and played with Danny.
Things looked pretty darn good when we were all done.
Altagracia is the queen of making juice from all the fresh fruit that’s around, and wanted to teach Jude how to make cherry juice from some cherries we purchased for her. They spent some time together in the kitchen. It is delicious.The girls made fresh guava juice last night.
When we left Altagracia’s home, we told her that we will return tomorrow for a group photograph with her. I gave her a long hug and kissed her sweet face, and told her I love her. She began to cry and I held her a little longer. I love this woman and am so very grateful that she allowed us to spend all this time with her.
We walked over to the store and bought a nice tall fan on a stand for Flee, then made our way over to his home. I walked in and quietly said, ‘ Hola mi amore,’ (hello my love) and he turned and reached for my hand immediately. I moved his mosquito netting and told him that I have some friends here and we have a surprise for him. We showed him the fan and as we turned it on I took this photo. He was so happy. The cool air felt good on his body. He kissed my hand and said thank you. What an Angel. He wanted everyone to come in and be comfortable.
We took Chad to our favorite place to eat, for lunch. The main Dominican diet consists of fried chicken, beans and rice, and it is so delicious. He was not disappointed. The beans are so good that between Jude and Allen, they finished them off just shy of licking the bowl and ladle clean.
Back on Tanda Malaika the creatures completed their homework and chores, so we promised them ice cream later. Some them went to the beach for a bit, I took a short nap, and Danny changed the oil in the generator.
Handy Andy came by with some diesel to put more in our port tank. We haven’t gone anywhere but it takes diesel to run the generator for the AC.
We returned to town and first dropped off some children’s clothes to be distributed.
Danny messed around on the penny board,
and later on, on the way home, Aidan got out his tools and helped fix little boy’s skateboard. When he tried it out again, the wheels turned so much better and he was so excited. I think Aidan is his new hero.
It has been another good day. Our time here in Luperon is soon coming to an end, and we are going to miss this place and these people so much. We are waiting for a package to arrive (it is supposed to arrive tomorrow), and once it does we can set sail for Puerto Rico in the next good weather window. It’s going to be tough saying goodbye to Altagracia.
Tomorrow I must finally get to some much needed cleaning and laundry here on Tanda Malaika. Life is good, and I am grateful to be alive.