This post is a little mish-mashed because I wrote it over the period of a couple days. Also- Mom, I haven't heard from you lately and I miss you. Send me an email.
I’m really starting to love my family. Not only the one I am living with, but also Lauren, Johann, Sara, and all of the other students. The house I am staying in is rather nice for the area. The whole town is rather unfinished and yesterday Johann told me this is because they don’t have to pay property tax if the house is considered under construction. Many (my house included) have metal rebar sticking out of the roof. That being said, my house is amazing.
My mother, Lorena, is one of the nicest women I have ever met. She is super patient when we are trying to communicate because she speaks no English and I speak selective Spanish. She cooks me all my meals and won’t let me help although I’ve offered numerous times. Yesterday she did my laundry for me and it is currently hanging on the clothesline outside my window. I try to communicate my plans the best I can with her and everything is “no hay un problema”. Last night when I got back from class she asked me if I was going out to a bar with my friends before I got a chance to tell her. She says I am so quiet when I come in at night and no one wakes up. She offers me food whenever I am in the house whether it be jello, some kind of pie she made, or fruit. She also doesn’t let me clean the dishes. She always tells me to go sleep or shower or do whatever. Last night she gave me and Maythe pedicures and it is one of the best I’ve ever had.
Maythe is the sweetest 5-year-old ever. She has so many toys, but treats them all with care. They are perfectly lined up on her shelves and floor. We watch Disney movies together which I have found is a great way to learn Spanish. If I have Finding Nemo memorized in English I just listen for the Spanish equivalent. Right now she is on vacation from school, but during the year she goes to private school, which costs $40 a month. Lorena told me that she also has a tutor to help her with homework because Lorena doesn’t have enough patience after work. That also costs $40 a month. That is a lot of money to invest in education in this area. Maythe has a workbook from school with different colors and numbers in English and yesterday we went through it together.
The food here is very interesting. Lorena makes a wide variety of food. Yesterday we ate ceviche for breakfast, which is typically not a breakfast food, and today we had hot dogs and French fries for breakfast. I didn’t like the ceviche, but the rest of the food she has made has been really good. Every day for breakfast she gives me a bowl of fruit, which is absolutely amazing. Today it was a type of banana and white pineapple. They have 2 different types of pineapple here, white and yellow. They taste the same to me, but they are still distinguished. They also have fruit juice with pretty much every meal here. So far there has been papaya, mango, tree tomato, lemonade, and others. All is amazingly fresh and sugary.
I was so unsure about this family at first, but I am definitely starting to feel at home here. Even though Lorena is only 8 years older than me, she takes amazing care of me and makes sure that I am happy at all times.