Language

We don’t see whats right in front of us if there is something greater distracting us from it. Yesterday, many of us were reminded of all the differences we share with the people of Pacifico, by visiting their houses and seeing their lifestyle. Today, changed all that. Today was a reminder of the opposite. We are one.

The day started when the group had the chance to participate in Sunday mass at the community’s church. Even though there was a language barrier, everyone could understand the language of music and love.

Everyone here can agree that Pacifico de Villa has been generous with their love and affection. People from two different parts of the world came together today in one community, held hands, and danced away.

Jim, letting lose on the dance floor
Jim, letting lose on the dance floor

Before all of this took place, the group hiked up to the cross where they shared a “moment of solidarity” staring out at Pacifico de Villa from a different view. Sometimes it’s not the going up that’s so hard, it’s the coming down that you need help with. You need someone on the way down. A wonderful thought shared by a participant. We knew that when we got to the bottom again, the people of Pacifico were ready to welcome us with open arms.

The group on top of the hill
The group on top of the hill

The community had prepared all different types of food to show their appreciation for the SIA team. People from the community came to show their support and spent time with us all afternoon. It didn’t matter whether you were old, young, female, male, Canadian or Peruvian, as soon as the music came on, we all became one.

Welcome canadian volunteers , thank you for coming. The children made this.
Welcome canadian volunteers , thank you for coming. The children made this.

Most people see a language barrier as a thing that constricts their ability to relate to someone. I say, it is beautiful. It is beautiful when a child can hug me without a reason, when a grandmother can give me a smile and kiss my cheek, when a little boy can throw me a ball and gesture me to play. The best communication happens without any words.

Words are merely an expression of your true feelings. (What does that say about my blog?)

“Anything you can imagine, is there already.”I hope everyone finds what they are looking for this week.

Mansi Parasher

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