When I was younger I remember occasionally hanging clothes out on the line to dry. All of my adult life I have used a dryer. Having moved to a country where dryers are rare and really not necessary since the sun is out and the air is dry for most of the year I have found a new-found appreciation of laundry. Now don;t get me wrong, I still have a PILE of laundry waiting to be done and a PILE of laundry waiting to be folded and put away but there is something about the roof in the morning with the mountains to one side and the dusty hills on the other, the blare of the construction workers radio and the noise of th city traffic below or the bright stars above and the lights creeping up the hillsides where communities are taking shape on the slopes of the mountains coupled with the rhythm of pinning up or taking down the day”s laundry, something grounding, something sacred. Many spiritual writers have extolled the virtues of daily chores as catalyst for the spiritual life, I have always had a hard time finding the same virtues until now. Maybe it is because there is a newness in this rhythm.
So we have been in Peru about two months, and it has flown by. We have really enjoyed having our own space again. The kids have especially enjoyed getting to watch the sheep graze on the harvested field these last few weeks.
Jarren is hoping that he will get to see them plow the field with a team of oxen. (They have three growing seasons here due to the mild climate)
Most of our time so far has been spent getting adjusted to new ways of doing things. Everything just take a little bit longer and in some cases more planning. For instance I can’t just jump in my car and run to the grocery store if I don’t have what I need for dinner. Some things we can buy at the neighborhood tiendas (stores) but anything perishable needs to be bought at the larger grocery stores. Getting to the larger stores requires walking to the neighborhood entrance and catch a taxi. The trick is making sure the taxi knows where you want to go. I once asked to go to Real Plaza ( a mall with a grocery store in it near my house) and I got taken to the Plaza de Armas ( the central plaza in Arequipa) fortunately there is another grocery store near by so the taxi took me there instead.
We have also been working on getting settled in schools (the kids), our jobs and in learning the language. Renna started almost immediately in a Jardin ( preschool) and we just recently got Jarren settled in his school. Here they are in their uniforms.
Also we have added a new member to our family, a cat, its name is spots but mostly he gets called kitty, or el gato or sometimes by Jarren, Mr. Pollo. Spots is a great little kitten even if he does feel the need to climb up Robin’s leg every time Robin is in the kitchen doing the dishes.
Thats all for now but I hope to post more often as we settle in even more.