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Talk about a "Feel Good Day"--They don' come any better than this!

As we said in the last couple of entries, we have been gearing up to give out a few baggies of candy and soft drinks, mostly to the relatives of Isidro and Agripina...but a funny thing happened on the way to the happening...it got a little bigger!!!

There is a lot of poverty in Ecuador, and at the Coast, there is even more.  In fact, Alfonso our tutor, advised us that many of the children don't even get a present for Christmas--just some candy and cookies.

We bought more supplies this morning as it became apparent that we would need quite a lot more candy and soft drinks--good thing--'cause we used them all up!!!

Santa Claus is called Papa Noel down here, and he was a little late, so we got to know everyone a little better, by taking pictures, playing with Coquita, and singing songs (they sang, we listened).   It was a little hot, so I helped serve up some of the soft drinks, and Agripina made some small sandwiches to munch on while we were waiting.

Now, I am going to post a bunch of the pics, 'cause they tell the story well--when you see the looks on these kids faces, you will agree that it's worth the wait for them to load...

 

 

 These young ladies will make fine dancers some day...

 

 

 

 

 That good, little baby boy got a huge smile from Agripina...

 

 This is Alfonso, our weekly Spanish tutor, and general guide.  He wishes to continue his Business Education courses, but is pretty busy being the 23 year old father of five children...

 

 

 

 These wonderful little girls sang a bunch of songs just like angels...

 Rox has just checked the gate, along with her little followers, and announces that Papa Noel has arrived!!!

 Now, you really sharp eyed readers will notice that Santa is wearing the same Wal-Mart sunglasses that Bob and Jan brought down here for us to use as a gift to Isidro--complete with UV rating--Quite a coincidence!

 

 Those smiles are worth a million bucks...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 We rewarded Santa (Papa Noel), who did a wonderful job in a pretty hot suit, with a case of huge Pilsner beers, which he promptly shared with some of the mothers, Isidro, Agripina and Alfonso...as we joined them with wine and Coca Cola Zero...

If you all can keep a secret, Papa Noel was Agripina's Contractor son, who you can see working hard several pages back, where he is installing one of the gates on our deck to keep Coquita safe...a good guy all around.

As a good day, this one ranks right up there with the best...

And the fun just kept going on...we took off for the Casa Blanca at sunset, had a great dinner, got invited to big shindig tomorrow by a New Zealander who owns the local Spanish School...so stay tuned for those pics...

 After clearing the plates from a really first class dinner, Hector showed up with this little "Feliz Navidad" treat for us...Rox drank this multi layered wonderful drink, and I pigged out on the triple flavored chunks of exotic fruits...the end to a perfect day...

 

 

Posted on Wed, December 24, 2008 at 08:25PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

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