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At Last! We Got Housing!

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This is close to how our quarters looked. Image thanks to Costa Rican Conservation Network Blog.

The next time I saw my two friends and biggest supporters who I knew as Big Red and Robinson, they implored me, like doctors with an urgent operation to do, “Did you see the man yet?” They meant for me to get busy seeing the housing supervisor so that they could get their quarters back or what we usually called their “operating room.” For the upcoming weekend they wanted for the China and me to be out of their way.  And so, I told Pug to accompany me to help me to get our own room. With the authority of a husband I led her to the office where the housing supervisor was and said to her, “See that staircase there with the window?” She nodded yes and I continued. “You go up there and tell whomever you meet that you are there to see a Mr. Anderson about a room he had to show us. Now you be on your way because they will pay attention to you seeing how pregnant you are. Don’t be afraid!” Continue reading

Stories Travel Back to Colon

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Image from TheSilverPen.com

As was his custom, the Big Boss would come into the office and usually not talk to me. At first, I was put off by this although I didn’t show it. However, I had seen how envious the other men who had been with him longer would get and it was wise for me to remain reserved and go along with my benefactor to keep the peace in the office. He was right in his attitude and showing much more experience with these matters of interpersonal relations on the job than me. I would stop to pray daily to continue in doing the best I could on the job. Continue reading

Hoping for Sanity

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Image thanks to Pinterest.

China’s mood didn’t change over the course of the next few days, however, and it was something I could not talk to her about- ever- during the course of our life together. Her sullenness would become an ordeal for me, to have this young girl around not wanting to talk to me about anything. Worse yet, I was taking the blame and responsibility for something she had never wanted to discuss with me, her pregnancy. I would be glad every morning just to leave her and her apparent ailment behind and keep my mind on my job. Continue reading

The Couple That Wasn’t

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Image from m.inmagine.com

The day I arrived in Bocas Town to the place I couldn’t really call home, was to meet the only familiar faces I knew in all that vast territory known as the Province of Bocas del Toro. They were the only people who knew me and Pug was the only girl I’d known since leaving the home of my grandmother and aunts who had seen me grow up to become the man that I had become. This girl, who was Chinese in appearance, and with whom I now found myself involved, had turned out to be more Westindian than me. Continue reading

Recovering That Girl!

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Image thanks to Amazon.com

Despite the initial cold reception I had received from the Office Manager at the Engineering Office, I remained alert and in an attitude of someone who is quick to learn about all the things that the small office handled. I quickly found the instruction binder to aid me and learned some of the things that were in direct relation to what was happening in the banana fields. I also found the Code Book for every job and that enabled me to help some of the foremen with codes for their various reports. Continue reading

A New Office Assistant

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image thanks to http://www.secondshoutout.com

As I said in my previous post, my two Westindian compañeros ended up assuring me about how they would speak to one of the foremen in charge of housing. These were issues that I really knew nothing about and they quieted my fears with their reassurances. I did, however, explain carefully to them why I hadn’t brought China with me from the very first time I came to seek work, that it had been because she had family in Bocas Town and she was safer there with her people until I was ready to go get her. Continue reading