Day 24: Paulo Julio Miranda Gutierrez

Paulo doing a heck of a job creating a simple bamboo trellis for two bougainvilleas.

Paulo doing a heck of a job creating a simple bamboo trellis for two bougainvilleas.

Dear Paulo,

Surely I couldn’t be more grateful that Fernando and Frede introduced us. Thank you so very much for all your help in the yard during the last week. Magnifico! A nice yard and garden pleases me so.

screen-shot-2017-01-24-at-5-06-39-amBeyond the gratitude for your services, what a pleasure it’s been getting to know you, discussing our lives over back-porch breakfast and having a good laugh now and then. Some of us from North America often wonder how the local people feel about our being here. Truth is, we  just want to share in the beauty of your country and would never intentionally do anything to cause you ill feelings toward us. We know that no matter how much property we own or how much money we spend, we will always be your guests. I thank you for your gracious and humble spirit, my friend, and thank you for sharing this alluring and exotic land.

screen-shot-2017-01-24-at-5-07-09-amIsn’t it wonderful when people from different cultures share a meal or a cold drink and explore their genuine curiosity and interest toward one another? The world tells us we should fear one another, a false notion created by imaginary borders, simple lines on a map. At this, we laugh. We are citizens of the world, Paulo, and we are brothers. We understand this, you and I. Thank you for joining me in breaking the rules.

Your son is so lucky. You care for him, take him to school, do everything possible  as you provide. Single dad isn’t an easy job. And yet, I’ve never seen you without a smile. You’re not a complainer. It’s not someone else’s fault. You’re taking responsibility.  He is blessed you’re his dad. Well done, amigo mio.

A child’s glory is her father.

I appreciate your work ethic, all your suggestions for improvement, and really admire your knowledge about the local flora. But mostly, thank you for your willingness to become my friend.

It’s excites me thinking about the things we’ll create together.

And whether it’s in the backyard here in Puerto Cayo, or from 3,500 kilometers north, I’m cheering for you, my hermano. Count me a fan.

Con mucho respeto,




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