This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge showed an image of rebar – called ‘varillas’ in Latin America, and it reminded me of a project from the past two weeks. Last week I was given a great lesson in construction in reverse fashion.
Because of pending regulations in the maritime zone of Nandayure Costa Rica, I had to tear down the thatched-roof rancho in order to move forward with a concession for new construction. In four days, workers demolished a property that held almost ten years of Zeebra memories.
I held my wounds inside while attempting an honest smile as the men first removed the palm thatch, then the teak beams, then the upstairs flooring and wooden walls, the 6 ‘horcones’ and finally the concrete walls.
There are always ‘innocent casualties’ from war zones, and the plants near the foundation suffered as well. I reminded myself often that it really didn’t matter.. they were planted with love, tended with love, and when neglected they grew from a willingness to please; most will grow back. They often served as reference material for my paintings – like in this painting of the rufous naped wrens that sang lovely “Weird pee-ple live here”-songs and brightened the garden areas.
In addition to that very-serious emotional wound of tearing down the rancho, I was given a lovely welcome-back greeting from a neighbor who amply salted those wounds. Not only had they recently cut the 20-foot high hibiscus hedge/screen to the ground, they also cut (sold?) four or more shade trees in that same boundary line. What a lovely new neighbor I have yet to meet!
My friends and hosts Hank and Marie joined me each day. We peered inside the roof panels, inside the broken varillos, until finally the inside was no longer inside but outside in the sun. Load after load of timber and lumber went from this site to their bodega. In time, a token structure will rise from the ashes, though in another location.
Thanks, Michelle, for a great WordPress challenge, and thanks dear wonderful Immigration folks in Manta Ecuador who gave me a very-special visa so I could leave and tend to this tramite (step) and be able to return to Ecuador in good graces!
Thanks, Hank and Marie, who were there every single day and to many others who were there in spirit. I’m now back in Mindo Ecuador, where I will be working on photos and stories while helping friends move into their new amazing and beautiful property!
Now you know where I’ve been and what’s been happening in the private life of your friend the Zeebra. The rancho is ‘no more,’ but I have a plan, and it’s incubating.