Archive for July 21st, 2011

Just Another Day at the Office

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Eggs and Bananas by Luna McCarthy

One of the first things I noticed and admired about Guatemalans when I arrived here almost 3 years ago, was how hard working so many of them are. These ladies, like so many others are working in the market, which means getting the children up in the mornings, cooking and eating breakfast, getting the kids either off to school or to Grandma’s house, or taking them with them to the market. The vendors sell all day, then leave between 3:00 and 5:00 or 6:00, depending on their location and/or business. If the vendors are women, they are going home to cook dinner, do the laundry (often by hand in the pilla) and clean their houses. Seeing these types of routines sometimes makes me think of the days when I used to complain that I had too much to do and didn’t have time to watch my favorite tv show when I wanted; how trivial! If you’re reading this post (obviously on a computer) you’ve got lots to be thankful for, as do I.