of mananas ago I had asked my Plumber/electrician guy to come install some
outdoor plug ins. He had done such a good job of fixing my hot water shower
last year, it only zaps me once in awhile.
showed, with his tool box and the standard 5 gallon pail and a mile of homemade
extension cords, he first plugs his phone in and the music starts. He has the
same music as me...old stuff, in English that he can't understand, It's 8 am.
|I lust for one of these|
slowly and methodically, enjoying his music. I sit on the step with my
dictionary and blabber with him all day, he corrects my Spanish, helps me look
up words, spells words for me, we tell stories, we talk about food, weather,
the problem with women, the problem with men, our dreams ( I have a dream of
having lights outside someday), his friend stops in and visits, he wants to
learn German because his grandma is German, he knows how to say "
asshole" in German but doesn't know what it means. We make plans to get
together hopefully to give him a better vocabulary. He leaves.Dude and I talk
about traveling, he tells me he is going to Nayarit tomorrow, I lend him a
camera, he like to read, I lend him a Spanish book, he lends me a hammer. I
make milkshakes with frozen fruit for lunch, we go through my verb book, he says present tense is really all I
need. I tell him I want to go to Italy some day, he misunderstands and thinks
I've been to Italy, we decide maybe learn past tense as well. Another friend
stops by, he's learning English online, we laugh at silly words that don't
translate in Spanish, like "cowboy" and "hotdog".
Dude leaves to get some screws, I snoop through his tool box, he comes back
in an hour. " will I have lights before Christmas I ask?", "
maybe by New Years" he says. I tell him how I discovered a box of little
hooks with sharp little points that go through concrete in his tool box...he
tells me they are mine, I paid for them when I gave him money to buy supplies, this
will change my life, that and the
borrowed hammer. I run into the house and hang my calendar up, yup this will
change my life.
plug-ins get installed, a little ditch gets dug to bury cable, then we hang a
chandelier from the mango tree, ( a very Mexican chandelier...not a Chrystal
one, that's a different dream) this
involved a tall tall ladder and miles of cable and a lot of those fancy little
hooks, I am still sitting on the step chatting with him and directing the
placement of the ball, the chandelier still gets hung crooked but I don't mind,
I'm so excited about all this. It's 8 pm when he is finally putting the last
plugin in, it's dark, he uses his phone as a flashlight, "would be nice to
have light out here wouldn't it?" I say. Haahah we laugh. 8:30 pm, we hold
our breath and plug the lights in, nothing blows up, I am so excited about my
Chandelier hanging from the trees, in glows in the dark like a twinkling star,
we stand in awe. "Maria's dream is accomplished" he says. We laugh
and decide as soon as I have a table and chairs outside we will celebrate with
a supper. We have one light that still needs to be moved but it's late and he
is leaving early tomorrow morning for his trip, I want to pay him but he says
no, I can pay him when he is done. This is smart, as this will ensure that he
comes back. I sit on my back step and stare into my sparkling back yard for
half an hour.