Yes, Life Goes on in Nicaragua

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Hello Everyone near and far.  Yes, life still goes on for me here in Nicaragua.  Although my dining room table isn’t crowded these days, I still occasionally have breakfast or lunch with specific friends who have been socially distancing.

What I am learning from this time in my life is that I need to be more patient on a daily basis.  One day at a time has become a necessity rather than a daily guide.

I am fortunate in that I have a lot of “projects” to fill my days.  Two weeks ago my boss at FunLimón and I decided to try teaching EFL to my adult students online through What’s App.  So far only one third of my students have responded with the weekly homework.  There could be several reasons that this is occurring  – no smartphone, no minutes on the phone to receive What’s App, or no interest.  The students who have responded are so encouraging, thoughtful, and concerned about their future and that of their families and our country, Nicaragua.

CEDE1D1E-51E9-4E5D-B8BA-7B5EFBDE2A3A First Lesson:

Lesson instructions are given on Monday and homework is turned in on Saturday, all via What’s App.  This was the first lesson graphic.  The instruction in both English and Spanish directed them to chose one of the words, look it up in a dictionary, and tell me why they chose the word.  I’ve been keeping the responses in an Excel file.  The first week results were fearful, sad, disgusted, and one happy – it was the student’s birthday.  I acknowledge each group.  The What’s App posts go out by Group Level — English Group Level 1 etc. through English Group Level 6, my highest level currently.  Week two had a different but similar feelings chart.  This had similar instruction with the addition that they not only had to write their homework but also to speak it to me.

It is heart wrenching to hear the reasons for their choices.  I try to be empathetic, positive, and encouraging in my responses.  I remind them One Day at a Time.

I’ve been debating on what to do for the Week Three Lesson.  I think I’ll ask, “What change can you make this week that would make a difference in YOUR life?”  My example is, “I would be more kind.”

In general life is going along here, although it is emotionally quieter both within Rancho Santana and in the villages.  On a trip to Managua this past week, it appears to be the same – quieter and more cautious.  Most people are wearing masks including truck drivers in the city.  Stores are taking serious precautions including taking a forehead scan temperature prior to entering the store.  Alcohol spray of cart handles, peoples hands, and alcohol mat outside the door are common in most places.

I met with a realtor a week ago who is listing my Guasacate house.  It makes sense to sell  in its unfinished state at this time since Phase 1 of my assisted living project – Mi Casa Con Corazon – probably won’t happen and the house was going to be the Phase 1 domicile.  If and when the timing is right, we’ll start with  projected Phase 2.  So although I’ll miss the dream of seeing whales from the terrace in Guasacate, I can rest that someone will be happy with a beautiful vacation home.  I’ve included the construction drawings to complete the house with the sale listing.

Nothing else to report here.  All of my family in the USA are doing ok.  Thank technology for Zoom.  I use it for meetings and staying in touch with family and friends who are interested.

Remember to take care of yourselves, One Day at a Time.

Only Love Prevails.

 

5 thoughts on “Yes, Life Goes on in Nicaragua

  1. Hi Margie, It’s good to hear from you.  Life is slow in Kentucky too.  This lockdown period has given us a chance to get more projects done in the house.  Tom put up wainscoting in the den and two hallways, and my bathroom and it looks great.  We waited for that project to be completed until all our painting could go up on the wall so that’s done as well.   I like living in Kentucky, people are friendly and I don’t have that sense of tension I was starting to feel back in CA.  But, I do miss living by the ocean in Nica and staring out to sea was my serenity.  This lockdown hasn’t been kind to your retirement/wellness home plan, it was a great idea with a beautiful setting.  I wish you well on the sale.  There should be many people from the States and possibly Canada who would love to have your home even if it means completing it.  I don’t think in all the time Tom and I lived in Nica that we ever truly finished our abode. Teaching is rewarding and yet, at the same time frustrating.  Students are either motivated or they want to hang out at the beach with family and friends and play.  I taught at Saddleback College for two semesters years ago while also working a full time job.  It was rewarding and challenging but, I just couldn’t keep up the pace of two ‘full-time’ jobs.  Full-time because people don’t understand all the prep that goes into a course and all the required time working with students, correcting, grading, etc., but you certainly do.  I give you so much credit for continuing that challenge. It’s always good to hear from you, Margie.  Stay healthy!  Much love, Barbara    

    1. Thanks Taylor. Actually thank you for the support for where I am and what I am doing. You more than anyone else understands the who and why I am.

  2. So great to hear your adventures. I am still working – trying to set up an acute care wound team – kind with COVID. Plan to retire next Dec. I’m trying to clean out emails as you see I am well behind. I think of you often.Take care of yourself

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    1. So glad to hear that you have recovered from your stroke. I read the Journals OWM and Wounds with breakfast every morning. Still a very interesting and progressive subject. Your project will be challenging – and fun.

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