Home Sweet Home

Heather Kurtz - Ecuador


December 13, 2011

I am amazed by how much I feel at home here in Atacapi.   The week I spent in Quito was fun but I missed my family so much.  I was wondering how they were doing and wanted to know how the baby was because my parents said that the other children had spent months in the hospital.  I loved my time in Quito but there is nothing like coming home to your family.

After the long bus ride I walked in the door and my whole family was there to greet me.  It was great to see them.  The kids just wanted to play.  I was so tired but could not help myself, so we played for about an hour until dinner.  They just kept yelling “¡Tía venga!” (‘Aunt come here!’) I was glad to be able to play with them.

Dinner was great.  It was plátano, which I missed while in Quito, and chicken and rice. My family asked what I had eaten in Quito and I tried to tell them rice.  Unfortunately I could not say arroz.  I just was not able to speak Spanish after four days of only English.  We laughed for about 5 minutes at my mistake. Looking back it was pretty funny because arroz is such a simple word. After this wonderful dinner I went straight to bed and slept like a log.

There is nothing like coming home after a trip.  I was so glad to eat a home cooked meal, and sleep in my bed.  I missed my family so much and the greeting they gave me when I came home was wonderful.  I have a home here in Atacapi and it is wonderful.

Heather Kurtz