The Beginning of Life in Uruguay

The days are long but the weeks short

At work I’m a friend, a companion
In the morning with teens
Afternoon with the kids

People whose lives have seen different problems than mine
Some because of money, some drugs, some broken relationships
Some because of things I cannot even understand
(and this is not the fault of the language barrier)

I am here for the relationship

My “work” comes in the form futbol (soccer) games, cooking, and swimming
Sometimes via jump rope or homework or dancing
My assignment is to be; to listen and to participate

The assignment is consistency

What am I doing today?
The same as last week and the same as next week
Still coming, still going, still playing, still smiling

“Good morning”, kiss on the cheek, time for activity
“Will you play with us tomorrow/next week?”
“Of course, there’s no place I’d rather be”

The days are long but the weeks are short

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4 Responses to The Beginning of Life in Uruguay

  1. Rich Greff says:

    Glad your getting settled in. Hope all trials are small and rewards are great. Give your kids a hug from your friend in America. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. Rich and Cheri

  2. Kristen says:

    YAY Jen! Glad your doing well! Loved this post! Thinking of you back in ND 🙂

  3. ❤ ❤ <3!

    Can't wait to give a massive bear hug to you in November!

  4. Wayne and Terry says:

    Yup, a regular day is a blessing.

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