I had SUCH a nice visit with my Jersey Girl neighbour.
Can't really say she's just a Jersey Girl, because she's lived all over the world.
She also had a half sibling that she didn't know about until adulthood, only she got to find her missing piece.
We both agreed that you never know if I will find my big brother. Life has ways of surprising us when we least expect.
Like the surprise that she offered me yesterday.
You see, I have been heartbroken that I can't have my piano here.
I have to find a new home for it.
It's been my baby for so many years, but it needs a home and it can't be here in the Dominican Republic, or it will be ruined within mere months.
However, the Jersey Girl has a special room with special temperature that she keeps the door closed to keep all the ocean air out.
It's for her baby grand piano.
She can't play anymore, as age has inundated her with arthritis that people get tend to get as they get older.
She asked me to please come play it, because it needs to be played.
I understand this.
I need my piano to go to a home where it will be played as well.
But the fact that 3 doors down on the beach there is a piano just waiting for me to play it was amazing.
There are only 5 pianos on the island.
The chances that one of them is in my hood is incredible!!!
Looks like I'll be practising in no time.
When Papi goes back to Canada to visit G'ma in August, I'll have him bring a ton of my music.
He'll grumble about it.
My foot is down.
I have a piano to play.
I also have a baby to play with.
They joke a lot about just giving me our godson.
It's hard to tell if they're serious or not, because Our Fave's Mom seems so indifferent to the child.
I urged her to feed the Little Angel by breast, not formula.
I've learned from an advocate that this is what they do to women here.
They convince them that their cervix and canal are too small, and that they need a C-Section.
They convince them that their babies are better off with formula, because the child's stomach needs to have 'better' food.
I tried to persuade her with the benefits of how a mother's milk will give the Little Angel all the antibodies he needs to build his immune, but with my lack of Spanish, all I could really say was how important it is to their health.
I also tried to put a positive twist on it, "And it's a free meal! No money necessary!"
I told her that in Canada, they're on the boob right away.
Today, the Little Angel wouldn't take the bottle, but as soon as Our Fave's Mom gave him the boob, he started eating right away.
Intuitively, he knows what's best.
Chemicals or natural milk?
A child is all intuition.
I have much more information to give Our Fave's Mom about the benefits. I'll start googling the words and make my sentences to help her understand.
I'll do my best.
She deserves to give the Little Angel health.
wonderful things unfold before me
Gratitude Day 5/10
1. I am grateful for fresh vegetables from local vendors.
2. I am grateful for the world's most comfortable bed to ease my back.
3. I am grateful for the opportunity to play a piano here on the island.
4. I am grateful our washing machine did another load, even though it's been a month since the last time it let me.
5. I am grateful for electricity.
6. I am grateful for the support of friends.
7. I am grateful to feel loved.
8. I am grateful 2/3 of our roof renos are almost done.
9. I am grateful for clean healthy water.
10. I am grateful to have hope in this world.