I don't even know what week I'm on now, but I do know
that I'm close to my half way mark. If there's one feeling that's scary
on a mission it's feeling like time is running out and the countdown has
CA has been fun this week. It's definitely summer. It's funny
because the mornings are always chilly and cold and I study with 10
layers on still and then by the end of it all the extra layers are off
and I'm hot! It's been good though.
They have these trucks here on the side of the road where you can just
order a bag of fresh fruit, whichever fruit you want (that they have)
and then you can put chili or salt on top. We've lived off that this
past week. It's soo good. very Mexican. I love going up to them and
talking to them in Spanish. Actually, I think that's my favorite thing
in general, when people see us and think we're super wuera, and then we
speak Spanish to them! (Especially when they didn't think I understood
the conversation they just had with each other... or when they try to
get us to go away by saying they don't speak English- that excuse gets
shut down pretty quickly!) Also- everywhere we go people give us water!
By the end of the day we each have about 5 partially drunken water
bottles. I won't have to worry about being dehydrated this summer, maybe
finding enough bathrooms though.
One thing I do not love about CA is the BUGS. We went to dinner at a
member's house this week and I was washing my hands int their bathroom
and saw this thing crawling around their toothbrush cup. I looked in and
their was a HUGE cockroach in their. Seriously, it was huge!!! I've
seen tons of cockroaches in people's houses before, but usually they're
smallish. This one was like at least a good 3 inches long and and inch
fat (not including it's 2 inch antenna things). Well, I thought I'd be
nice and get rid of it for them because after all, who wants a cockroach
climbing all over your toothbrushes, right? that's nasty. so I started
pulling the toothbrushes out so I could dump the roach into the toilet.
He didn't get the memo that I was trying to kill him (or he did) because
as I was going to grab on of the last toothbrushes he came out super
close to me. he went to the side of the sink where I couldn't get too
him before I could kill him. those suckers are fast! I about died. this
is probably a pathetic story for anyone who's lived outside of the US,
but ugh it was gross gross gross. Cockroach: 1 Hna. LaPierre: 0 Next
This Friday, we did a no car Friday where we walked the entire day.
Besides the blisters that I got, it was actually a really great finding
opportunity. We went to a Latina supermarket to talk to people and get
food to eat and there was this man sitting outside. I felt really
impressed to talk to him after making several awkward eye contacts with
him. We started talking. He's a labor worker, from Mexico and lives here
with his 3 sons and grandaughter and he was really interested in
hearing about our message. He gave us his address and phone number and
we had a lesson with him last night. [when, outside of a mission, would
you every hear of anyone giving some random person their address and
phone number after talking to them outside a grocery store?! ] He is
very excited to learn and super anxious to meet with us. We're excited.
It's exciting to see the evolution of the work here since I first got
here. It's changing so much and I love it.
I'm about to get kicked off.
I love you, Hna. LaPierre