Last weekend, my friends from the port city of Manta visited this rural farming area of Jama for the first time. Taking a day off from responsibilities, I joined them at Hostal Palo Santo, where we rented three cabanas and enjoyed a leisurely visit in the serene garden setting. With wide-eyed wonder, young Nicolas and Natalia tested the see-saw, touched their toes to the sky from the swing set and befriended a young kitten/gatito.
I suggested that we drive to my house to watch the sunset, and the seven of us drove the five kilometers for a comfortable end-of-day visit. We weren’t prepared for Nicolas’ reaction! From the moment he entered the house, he uttered this sentence of disbelief:
One might argue that he said four one-word sentences – over and over as he absorbed the uninhibited whimsy throughout the house. With quietly-spoken words of wonder, he stated, “Esta. Casa. Es. Loca.” With each new discovery, he politely asked for permission to take a photograph.
After coffee, lemonade and popcorn break, we enjoyed the after-sunset finale as Natalia and Nicholas added their touches to “If Fish Could Fly.”
The next morning we returned to the house to create an art project for the entire family. The following images illustrate our painting experience!
Momma Eloisa joins the painting party!
The memories of those 24 hours will forever be branded in the painting. This work of art now resides with my friends in Manta, while “If Fish Could Fly” records unique touches from Nicolas and Natalia!
“Esta. Casa. Es. Loca.”