|Juanita hard at work... |
It is tough to get an action shot of an Executive Secretary.
She is the proud mother of four children: Molly, Johanna, Shekeila and Vince. For all of them Juanita has put their education in the foreground and made many sacrifices for them to become the best they could be.
"Come to Guyana it is a beautiful country" though she has not been to many places herself. If you come, you could take her to see Bartica, Rosignol, New Amsterdam and Santa Rosa. She did get to Kaieteur Falls because of a close friend and volunteer Jane Greiling.
And the best part of working at Mercy Hospital? It is meeting new, various and different people - the good and the bad - everyday. It is interesting and challenging. Actually, I just get used to something and then...It changes.
What wisdom might you share with my readers? Always pray to God for guidance. Trust him; all things are possible. And if you love yourself, you will love others even better. When life gets dark, trust God and Listen. [I think her next job will be as a preacher.]
But in 10 years, she says she would like to be at home. Her daughters want her at home and not working. Such a loving set of daughters... Almost. They would like her at home to be there when they get home with food cooked and laundry done... So she may be still working as it would be easier. I will see what God has in store for me.
|Sylvia pondering her words...|
|Some people get an ocean view.. |
This is the view from our flat:
|Helping the Everest Cricket Club Break even...|
The staff here are wonderful to us. This past week I ran out of minutes on my cell phone. No problem. Just go to the ER, ask for Ryan and pay one of the nurses the $2,000 ($10 CAD) to be “topped up” and by doing it remotely, he doesn't need to leave his duties in surgery. Now that is service. I also appreciate the women in the kitchen who work with those restaurant sized ovens that usually bring the temperatures up over 100 degrees. I don't know how they don't have sweat poring down their faces like John and myself. My other favorites, are the women in the laundry. Every Monday I bring my bag of laundry to them, and with smiles they greet me. I don't get that reaction from any of you at home, especially bringing in my dirty clothes. They return them clean to me the same day. Recently, their dryers broke down. So they hang all the bed sheets on lines throughout the hospital. I have no idea how they can work in the heat and humidity in such a cheerful mood.
This past week was mental health awareness week. John attended the “fair” where he was to be available for counseling at a booth called “counselor available for teens”. Well surprise, no one came, he crossed out teens and said “for anybody”. That didn't fly as well. But I guess there were a few that showed up, especially the runners who came in from the Breast Cancer walk, as they shared the few posters advertising the day that were placed around town. Guyana has a long way to go.
Our days are filled with unexpected events, and I look forward to those daily surprises. The students teach me so much about their culture, beliefs, fears for their future, and the awe of the prospect of becoming a nurse in the not to distant future. Hopefully they are able to take a fraction of the messages we have imparted on them these past few weeks. If not, they certainly have enriched my life.
John invited his friend Dennis to come down from Mass. for 3 weeks. They have been friends for the past fifty years, and let me tell you, they have stories! Dennis is helping with Problem Based Learning classes, and I so appreciate a new perspective. I just hope the students appreciate him as well.
Dennis is 2nd Row, 3rd from Left
John is Last Row, 4th from Left.
Wednesday night both Dennis and myself wandered down to the sea wall where we were able to find a place to sit among the throngs of people. All of Georgetown comes to watch the Diwali parade, or Festival of Lights, a Hindu holiday. All the floats were well lit up with bright colours and loud Indian music. It was magical for all to see. Now typical Guyanese style, there were vendors everywhere selling food, toys, and my favorite, fire crackers. Now as we walked we needed to dodge the “roman candles” that the 4 and 5 year olds were holding in their hands while the firecrackers were lit. You know, the kind that says you need to be 20 ft. away before lighting. I didn't pay attention to the papers the next day to see how many were injured.
The next day, Thursday was the actual stat holiday, no classes. So once again Dennis and I left John behind, (he was working), and went off to St. John's parish fair. This is their major fun raiser for the year, and did they do it up big. I was helping Donna with the “clown booth”. For just fifty cents, you could try to get the 3 tennis balls in the clowns mouth. And for the rare person that actually made this happen, they won a prize. All the booths had been hording all year for these coveted dollar store prizes. People walked away with a plastic cup,and were happy. The boys from St. John Bosco Orphanage helped us in our booth. These “eager beavers' dove for the balls, ensured no one was cheating and collected the money. They were so excited to just be at the fair, let alone help with the events of that day. I said to Dennis, that both the children and adults could not be more entertained or excited if they were at Disney World. We left at the end of the afternoon with our ears ringing from the loud music......what else, we are in Guyana.
John met us at the Brazilian Churrascaria
where he treated us to “Brazilian Barbeque” what a treat.
Even though it was a holiday his girls at St Ann's were waiting for their Educational Class. So he dragged himself out before dinner.
We look forward to the Canadian Mental Health team of 20 coming down on Monday.
Stay tuned...... Or better yet Tune In Now and hear Ram talk about the upcoming trip for the radio. It will become a rare collector's item as it may be the only time in recent history that Sujay has said the fewer words! In a published review Upe Mehan said, "Great job Sujay and excellent interview Ram--you spoke very well and it must have been hard for you to share your family's experience but you did that so eloquently."
|Thanks for reading.|
Now I'll head back to the Seawall and
"Catch a Breeze."