A House Behind A Creek
Maribel In White, Louise In The Back, Me On The Side And Two Kids In Front
After picking up Louise and Maribel she directed us along the highway and down some long, winding side roads where we stopped to ask for directions. We seemed to be on the back roads of a little village called La Ermita. Maribel used her cell phone to continually call for more directions to our first stop. We presented the food basket, took a picture and headed to our next stop. Since things became more confusing at this point Maribel had us follow her contact in his car to the next house. When the man we were following became lost we stopped at a house and Maribel asked the people outside where so and so lived, and they pointed us in the direction once again. At one point we were following a man on a bicycle who pointed out the house and then took off in the opposite direction. Apparently the person we needed to see was up the street in a beauty salon having his hair cut. We followed a young lady walking who crossed over a bridge while we drove through a small creek to the salon. The young man receiving the gift came out and once again we posed for pictures before taking off. Our last basket was presented to a blind man who walked down the road from his house to accept our gift. All of the locals thanked us with big hugs and smiles for giving them these little tokens of niceness.
We were only were invited into one of the homes and were amazed at what we saw. On the large front porch sat an old man in a chair. Nearby on a simple day bed slept a frail, thin, old women who was perhaps the grandma of the family. Here in Panama families take care of their elderly and this family was doing just that. The family relaxed while grandma was allowed to sleep in peace outside where Panamanians spend much of their time. We walked through a tiny kitchen and out the back door where a special needs man was laying in a hammock. He was the recipient of the basket and arose to our intrusion and allowed us to take a picture, before he lay back down.
Grandma Sleeping On Front Porch
The Man That Was In The Hammock With Food Bag
Blind Man And Kids
While we can't imagine a life so simple and free they can't imagine a life so complicated with bills, work schedules and other stuff. Perhaps one of the reasons we ended up here in Panama is to learn a few simple lessons about life.....along the gringo trail.