This week was difficult for us and the teachers of Estelí; a beloved and hardworking district employee, and dear friend of ours, suddenly passed away. Between attending the wake and funeral services, we were exhausted and knew the teachers were, too, so in efforts to be culturally sensitive, we canceled our Wednesday conversation group.
Almost immediately after sending the cancellation text, our phones rang off the hook! One of my counterparts, Regina, got in touch with me and said, “You can’t cancel tonight! We have a late-birthday surprise planned for Andrew. We don’t care if we don’t formally have class, but you still have to come.” So we resent the message, saying we’d have an informal class, for anyone who just wanted to come and be together.
Regina had cooked an entire, delicious Nicaraguan meal in honor of Andrew. As she says, “he loves all the foods!” Even in the midst of pain and loss, perhaps especially during these times, our friends have shown incredible care, affection, and love for us. I hope we can learn from and carry their example with us for years to come.