Three lessons today: First, not all ATM cards in the USA are created equal. Most will work internationally, but the one that we are using for our trip will not. It took most of the day for it to arrive, but I was able to arrange a transfer to the nearest Elektra, a hardware, housewares, and furniture store complete with a bank. On the walk there, I passed the headquarters for the teachers' union. When I told the man who was selling pirated books that I was a teacher in the USA, he treated me with a lot of respect and said, "Please visit us again, maestro." This mural is painted across the street.
Second, some children work to learn responsibility, others because their parents are working. In the late afternoon, we took a taxi about ten miles out of town to see El Tule, the gigantic Montezuma Cypress tree that is estimated to be around 1,600 years old. I liked the 'niña guía', Leidy Adriana, who so willingly showed us all the shapes within the tree for a tip. Her mom sat on the bench behind us. Her mom kept coaxing her to speak up, and to have self confidence. We finally made it around the whole tree, and Leidy Adriana earned her tip.
Finally, I liked this sign. No matter how far we grow, our roots still say the same. We need to know where we came from, and always remember that even as we expand and extend across the miles and years.