My despedidas(going away parties). They had four of them for me, and I had to speak three times in front of the entire community. Then, I had to speak for the last Montijo League soccer game, and they dedicated the game (and the win to make it to the league championship) to me.
In the elementary and junior high schools there weretipicodance performances, poems, speeches, songs, choreographed routines, even a fashion show of garments made from recyclable materials,arroz con polloand even a plate of just vegetables, just for me.
In the community, there were decimas (typical Panamanian campopoetry, done in song), more tipico performances from the childrens’ group, more speeches, atambourdrum circle with lots of clapping, more songs, and there was cake.
I will not write long list of beautiful and thoughtful and fun gifts that my friends and community members and Piloneno families gave me, because well, it was all just too much.
Just to say this: these people who, at times, have almost nothing scraped together their pennies and dimes so that I would have something. That is the quality and the beauty of the people I have encountered and become so very close with in my two years here. Incredible quality and incredible beauty.