Funny story – The carpenter was here, and I mentioned how this other man came over and wanted to take his work – to make the windows and doors for my house. “He is a cheater and penis,” M said.”You know him?” I asked. “Yes,” M answered, “He’s my stepfather. My mother has suffered much.Whoa. So this man was trying to take the business over from his own stepson! Wow. I pondered for days why an Ecuadorian was using the term, “penis,” for an insult. And then, two days later, thought, “Oh, maybe he meant ‘ass.’ Then, my ah-ha moment! He meant “dick!” My step-father’s a “dick.” The funny part is that I rarely use bad words, ever, but was going through this inner dialogue using all these bad words to try and figure out what he meant.But, truly my heart fell and my face grew somber when he said, “My mother has suffered for years.”
Recipe of the Day: Cherimoya Smoothie
Flesh from 1 ripe cherimoya, scooped out and seeds removed
1 1/2 c. almond or coconut milk
freshly grated nutmeg
optional – 1 frozen banana
Blend cherimoya flesh and milk together in blender and pour over ice in a tall glass.
Sprinkle with grated nutmeg.
Word of the Day: carpintero – carpenter
Tip of the Day: People tried to help me by telling me their stories of being “taken” and cheated, with regards to money. But honestly, same as in all cultures, you just have to go with your gut instinct. Choose the people who look good in their hearts, to work for you. In this case, not speaking the language well, I can’t be the “impulsive me,” and answer people quickly. I have to take time and go see how to say certain things. It gives me time to choose the right answer and the right person.
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