Settling into Flexibility
The Northwest School in Seattle sends a delegation of high school students each year to learn about the reality of El Salvador. John Leslie, one of this year’s delegates writes of his first experience in NWS’s sistering community of Husisilapa.
Today we loaded up the bus and were on our way to Husisilapa. After about an hour of joyous singing we rolled up next to the Husisilapa plaza. As our bus approached I realized that the people in the village were just as excited about our arrival as we were. It was all smiles as they stopped whatever they were doing to welcome us into their community.
After a short and unorganized game of both soccer and basketball, we were lead to our homes for the night by a member of our host family. My roomies for the night were Mateo and Josh, and we were lead away from the rest of the group to a house that was further removed from the center than many of the other homes. When we arrived we were greeted by Marisol, who was our host mother, her brother Adan, her mother, her cousin, her daughter, her father, and three other people whose affiliation was somewhat ambiguous to me. The sentence preceding this symbolizes the skittishness of my last hours, and is meant to reflect the adventure that occurred and the go go go attitude.
Marisol led us into a room with two beds. Josh Mateo and I were ready to improvise and push the beds together and sleep width wise in order to accommodate all of us. But to our surprise as we returned from meeting with the community council they had moved all of our belongings into a different room that had three beds; one for each of us.
After eating a good amount of food that we were specifically advised not to my spirits were high due to the fact that I was still feeling 100% and ready to get some shuteye.
… It is about 4 a.m. now and cacophonies of farm noises have prevented me to fall asleep. Although I have not been able to sleep all that well due to the heat and the noise, I still feel energized as I open our room door to see Marisol smiling while holding her daughter.