Keisi and the Rain

Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
Trip End Nov 07, 2007

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Saturday, July 1, 2006

I just realized that the title of this blog entry would be a great name for a band!

So the adventure continues. Though I cant say that it has been too much of an adventure lately since the tropical storms they warned us about and are always on the news have definitely struck. I think it rained for an entire week with no stop in site...but when it finally did stop, I was wishing it would come back because of the horrible humid heat that followed. We are all patiently awaiting hurricaine season which is sure to come soon and be a real doozie this year.

The rain in the DR also has a different connotation here, which means that everything must stop altogether. People dont come to meetings, teachers and students don't go to school, life stops as we know it. Even a slight drizzle will ensure that nothing gets done, a frustration that I had to deal with and am still dealing with, since all meetings I had for my youth groups and others were vacant, with myself being the only participant. Of course, then with a week lost, everyone suddenly erases in their memory that the club or group we had ever existed and then it takes two more weeks just to refresh their memories so they will come to a meeting. *Sigh* but patience, I tell still have a year and a half to get things done.

My frustration with the rain and lack of participation was quickly dissolved as I obtained another distraction in the form of a furry four-inch friend who has graced my life with her presence. It all happened one day as I was reminding youth (in the rain) of a meeting we had that evenening (to which no one would come) and one of the girls on my block came to me with a little dog which had no home. I had origionally been thinking of getting a cat, since the tenants of my house are now not limited to only cockroaches and mice, but rats and tarantulas as well. I gave the puppy a look-over and she seemed healthy enough, so just like that, I took her home with me, without even thinking to myself how the heck I was going to be able to take care of a dog, let alone afford the wretched thing. It was as if I were under some mind control by this beast, which directed my mind and body until, the next thing I knew, a day had passed and I was standing in my house amidst piles of poo and pee pee and a yelping mutt, tearing my hair out and asking where the heck it all came from. I tried to put her outside and close the door, hoping she would run away and find a happy home, but she yelped at the door (my neighbors were already not happy with me from the night before and her hideous yowling). SO then I knew we were stuck. But how could I let her go-- with those perfectly pouty eyes and how she looked at me so lovingly, even though I yelled at her plenty for the mess? Her savior was Niel, a new special education volunteer that was sent to my town about two months ago. He happened to stop by as I was in the midst of trying to throw her out, and fell in love with her. He gave me some good puppy tips and told me if I kept her he would help me and take her when I left to go out of town. So with that, I named her Keisi (it's like "casey" but it is how dominicans would spell it) and I have never been so glad to have her in my life. She follows me everywhere, and walks behind me with perfect pomp and circumstance about the pueblo, only stopping to look out for cars and passing children that she has to run after because she loves them so. The yelping in the night has ceased and she sleeps obediently in a box next to my bed. She is good to make her mess on newspaper I have spread around (and I am greatful that carpeted floors dont exist here!), though from time to time, she has a few "accidents" elsewhere. I have posted pictures of her (proof that she has made her way into my heart). Therefore, if those of you who are getting ready to send packages (by the way, Aunt Karen, you are the GREATEST for all the great arts and crafts stuff and will be forever in your debt) and you would like to throw in some dog toys or treats, that would be great and Keisi would definitely thank you!
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