|Hey Cris, Chip, Todd, Kim and Rob...remember these and look at the name! Co-inkidink???|
Cue the drum roll..............at noon, 15 people came...by 1:00, we had about 40 people there and there were only 4 or 5 who missed the marienda!! American brownies [the natives here do not have ovens and really appreciate baked goods] We had a great practice! One of our sister missionaries from SLC is going to accompany us so I won't have to play and conduct the choir with my head..haha!
On the way home, we offered rides to the group from Aurora, a city close to where we live. Randy and I drive right through there and so they all piled in, 6 in the back and another 7 in the back seat of the cab. When they were loading and hesitant, I reminded them all that I have seen 15 people in a trycie so they can certainly fit in this truck plus..it was a free ride! They were paying 60 pesos [about $1.50] to come to choir practice and for most of them, that is half of a days wages. They appreciated the free ride home...
|The cargo area group|
|The backseat group|
|Hazel, Karon and Haymie|
Two weeks ago we had that horrible Sunday storm and the flat tire..well, there was a young father from one of our Branches who, unasked, took off his shoes and got busy helping us with our debaukle. He speaks very little English so relied on others to interpret for him. Well, Randy and I decided to take his family to a nice restaurant we have found in Roxas for dinner as a thank you. When I approached him last Sunday and asked him if they would enjoy that, he wasn't sure he understood correctly so went to get his wife who speaks very good English. These people are so very humble and poor and had NEVER been to a restaurant before. When we pulled up in front, his little son Russell looked at his daddy and asked 'what are we going to do here, tatay?'
We told them to order anything they wanted and as much as they wanted. It didn't take long for them to get the idea as Randy as I ordered our dinner. It was such a sweet experience. They are both return missionaries, have been married for 9 years and have two children Russell  and Audrey [11 months]. I was sitting next to Russell and when we were finished and the doggie bags packed, I asked Russell if he was going to serve a mission? He responded positively so I emptied my change, had him put it in his pocket with the instructions to put it in his missionary piggy bank. He was so thrilled. I probably had 75 pesos in change [$1.50] and he loaded that little pocket to the brim.
The father of this family is a trycie driver and normally works 15 hours a day probably earns 200-300 pesos a day which is the equivalent of $5-$7 a day...how many of you could survive and support your family on that amount? No wonder they have only dreamed about a night like last night!!
|My new buddy Russell|
|The beautiful Amaro family|
I also visited two of my favorite places on Monday, Sharon at David's Salon for a haircut and my friends at Medi-spa, my massage treat. A haircut costs me 150 pesos [about $4.00] and a one hour full body Swedish massage is 350 pesos [about $8.00] I try to enjoy it as much as possible because when I come home, I will NOT have that luxury I am certain. Monday's are our 'P' day and I often go with Gloria or Brenda and have a relaxing start to the week.