What does this post have to do with David Archuleta? – absolutely nothing but then again it does, so here I go because I can! This post was originally started last year at the end of a much anticipated vacation. Then reality struck and life as a full time physician, blogger, wife, mother, you name it took over and this sat unfinished for months, until now.
I recently completed a much anticipated trip to Bolivia, South America, to visit relatives and do some traveling in this country of many contrasts. From the frigid and blustery “El Cumbre” (the summit) the road through the Andes peaking at 17,000 feet to the swealtery foot hills of the “Yungas” where the beginnings of the Amazon basin starts, from the bustling and bursting of life city of La Paz to the falsely imagined idylic and seemingly slow paced country towns of Corico and Huainaya … I frequently was forced to stop and reflect upon the contrasts between my blessed life and those of the hard working people of this poorest of the South American countries.
While touring Bolivia I met some children of the upper class of society here who have much of what children in the USA have – iPods, lap top computer, XBox, the best of clothes, etc. On the other side of the spectrum I also met children who had nothing more than the clothes on their backs and their shoe shining kits in hand. Street children earning a living one bolivian peso at a time. One tenatious boy in particular spotted me (the gringa) in a crowd of hundreds and made a bee-line to me. He insisted on shoe shining my plastic crocs! ”Hay plastico zapatos!” I said, (or I think I said). ”No problema Senora”, he said. He shined those ugly pair of Crocs with gusto, doing the best job he could, all the time with a smile. When he was done I asked him how much. He replied, ”lo que tu corazón dice” (what ever your heart tells you).
Talking about having some “street smarts” – this young man knew exactly what to say and who to say it to. I emptied out my pockets and purse of all the bolivian money I had accumulated up until that point. According to my father-in-law, a months worth of hard work. To me however, it was just one less trinket purchase of something I really did not need.
We often take for granted what we have or often complain about the “hard work” we have to do in order to obtain all of our stuff. If you are reading this, you are blessed because you have some sort of device or access to one in order to read. Something countless millions in this world will never have our lives being in such contrast to many.
So, while I fully intend to spend some time on this site with my best Archu-buds, I hope to focus more of my life on my family and also into doing good for others and hopefully take my own child along for the ride. He recently helped to pick a Bolivian girl to sponsor through ChildFund – but that is just one small step in the right direction.
In this end, I am stepping back from day to day management of FanScene. In the next few days this website will be taking on a new diminished posting format, but we will still be here, you know where to find us.