On my days off I love going home. My last day off I went and did a few things I have never done before. My mother wanted me to go walk with her and dad around our family's property. I am not so into walking through orange, yuca, avocado, and papaya plants, especially because I don't like the mud nor the mosquito bites you get while you’re going through these plantations. But just to make my mother happy and spend some time with my biggest heroes, I ignored all that and joined them. It was quite funny because to start off with, I was wearing sandals as my footwear (the first thing mom told me was that they were going to get dirty and that I was most likely going to get stuck in some muddy part where it would be impossible to get out of—and she was right). So after losing my shoes in the mud, I had to keep walking barefoot through our land, I stepped on a frog which I am terribly afraid off. My mom couldn´t stop laughing at my bad luck that day. My dad, on the other hand, cut down a coconut, or ¨pipa¨ as we call it, so I could calm down from the panic I just experienced. On our way through our property, I got to eat oranges, mangos, sweet lemon, star fruit, and rambutan—a reward for having suffered through the frog and my sandal getting stuck. On our way back, dad was explaining to me how he inherited the land from my grandfather. I loved knowing how my grandfather worked so hard on the same property I was walking though (for the first time). As we passed through my grandma´s house, my mom told me to get the goat, who was named ¨Andy¨ by my baby sister, from under the tree where they kept him. I thought she was joking around so I didn´t pay much attention to her until she actually got serious and told me I had to get the goat. I had never in my life gotten close to a goat, so when I saw Andy with those big horns I panicked again. She did not tell me I had to hold on to the rope very tight or else the goat was pretty much going to drag me down, nor did she mention that the goat was going to stand up on two legs and kick me. When Andy did these things I pretty much wished with all my heart I was back in Desafio’s office working. I realized my mom and dad were laughing so hard at me because I had been defeated by a small goat with two HUGE horns. Somehow, I brought the goat to where mom wanted (actually I think the goat got me where mom wanted us to be). That night, my high school friends came over and they "taught" me how to drive a motorcycle. I am afraid of motorcycles, but after some encouragement from my crazy friends I decided to try it (afterall, it couldn´t be worse than a goat name Andy). I pretty much ended up on the floor with a few bruises, but thankfully, I was in a soccer field so the floor was pretty soft. It ended up being a huge challenge for me, especially the whole balancing part and my trouble reaching the floor because I am very short. Somehow I did manage to ride the motorcycle for a full 10 minutes without falling, which was enough for me after kissing the floor so much. The next day, I couldn´t help but laugh at everything that happened to me; of course I couldn´t laugh too hard because I was bruised from Andy´s kick and the motorcycle falls.
It was a very funny experience and one that I will never forget. This day proved to me how important it is to try new things, no matter how afraid you are of them. This, and many more reasons, is why I love going home on my days off, because it´s the place I will always run back to when I need love with some craziness mixed in.
by Christine Larson-Krishnan, Community Collaborator
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