I had a wonderful day at Buen Pastor today. In the morning, I gave massage. Madre Angelita amplified her story, which I hope to share soon. In the afternoon, I went over to the internado to see the girls. My new post there has become “rope turner” as the girls play jump rope. I love doing this with them as I remember how much I used to love it when my mom turned the rope for jump-rope competitions. Today’s win was 190 jumps. The girls like me to count in English so they can learn. They’ve definitely got 1 through 10 down!
After playing, I began interviewing the new girls and taking their photos. I’ve found this is, by far, the best way to remember their names. With each interview and each stare into the camera, I grow closer to these girls. I’m very much looking forward to this year, and to this great set of 31 girls.
Today, I added nine girls to the Buen Pastor website. I have nine more left to go and hope to add them next Thursday. Sure feels like a full house! Since the mystery volunteers painted all the walls (they look great!), I don’t have a white wall for a mug shot. So I used this wonderfully texturized red wall. I have to say, the red wall looks better for the bigger shots, while the white works better for the small polaroids I use on the website.
Here are five of the new girls.
B R E N D A
December 26, 2000
Greatest wish: To be the first in her family to finish high school.
E V E L Y N
October 29, 2002
As president, Evelyn would create anger management classes for children.
March 5, 1998
Fatima’s greatest wish is to see her two brothers. They went to Arizona a long time ago and work in a restaurant there. They almost left for California recently due to the anti-Mexican sentiment. But since they don’t look for work in parking lots, and their skin is lighter than most, they opted to stay in AZ.
F R A N C I S C A
November 23, 1999
Fracisca spends her time skating, jump roping, and hanging from the monkey bars. She has never thought of what she wants to be when she grows up. Her deepest wish is to be at the beach.
S A R A I T A
February 13, 2000
The first thing Sarita would do as President, would be to construct hospitals where patients would be given the opportunity to create art.
Aren’t these girls awesome?
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