A typical Sunday at the Pastoral House

The day after the delegation left – there was no rest to be had!  There is lots of work to be done after a large delegation of 12 people!  Saturday was spent doing laundry, cleaning rooms, catching up on paperwork, catching up with each other on news from the communities, etc.

We did manage to squeeze in a wee bit of down time.  But honestly, not much!

So Sunday comes.  Cecilia had gone home for her day off on Saturday so Blanca and Idalia had spent the night here.  Ceci arrived back at the house by 6:30 a.m. on Sunday. We had a brief time for breakfast and then the door bell started to ring.  I was mostly up in the office working but came down several times to talk to folks and help in some of the planning for the upcoming delegation visit.  While upstairs, I tallied the door bell rings.  But I also tallied people who came because one doorbell ring might have 5 people entering.  I also tallied how many communities were represented in the visits.  For you, I will share how many visitors we had.  Between 7 and 8 a.m. there were 8 people representing 3 communities.  They came to talk about various events and happenings in their villages.  Some people just pop in for a moment or 5 to verify something.  Some people stay a half hour or more.  Often mixed in with the ‘official’ talk is casual banter between friends.  This day there was lots of talk about the lack of rain and dried up crops and the fear of all the families for the coming year.

I was asked to participate in the conversation with Miguel Ángel because we were finalizing the delegation visit coming up in Casa de Zacate with Trinity UPC this week.  We talked about the agenda and the logistics of our home visits as well as details of preparing lunches.

Between 8 and 9 a.m. there were another 7 people who came to visit representing another 4 communities.  Again, with one of those visitors I helped plan out the agenda for the delegation’s visit in Casa de Zinc.  Sweet Rene asked if the delegation could have their lunch down at his house – knowing it is a bit further down the road, but he said he had fruit trees, lots of  and a beautiful view he wanted to share with the delegation!  My heart melted.

For the other visitors, I popped into the main house to greet and hug old friends.

Between 9 and 10 a.m. there were 5 more visitors from 3 different communities.  Geesh.  The visits start to slow down by 10:30 because the plethora of trucks providing transportation to the villages start their journeys back to the cantons.

This is why Cecilia and I attend the mass that starts at 5:30 p.m.  There is just NO time to leave the house in the morning!

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