Saturday, September 3, 2011

It's the Little Things...

Someone once told me that it’s the little things in life that will get you…not the big things. How true that is! I think I handled a cancer diagnosis much better than a computer hacker that turned my life upside for the past month!  A whole host of e-mails were sent out in my name that went to family, friends and “yes” my editors. 

Jardin del Valle
The responses of the receivers ranged from: “Oh, don’t worry...that happened to us…keep the faith” to “I’ve spammed you!” And somewhere inbetween was, “I’m so sorry this happened to you; how can  I make your day better?”

You can always tell who your true friends are by the way they respond in a crisis: they don't minimize it; they don't maximize it; they make it manageable! Thankfully, we already knew who those people were and sure enough they came through—yet  again. Although I’m not comparing a cancer diagnosis to a hacking problem, but it sure has some similarities (it takes over your life for a while!).

Yunguilla Valley -- where the sun is always shining!
Things are almost back to normal and through it all I was able to keep up with my writing deadlines and even got a writing contract, so that was the silver lining. We are fortunate to have an amazing network of folks here in Cuenca who have blessed our lives; we can always count on them. Our friend, Dave, knew about our situation and said, “I want to take you guys to the Yunguilla Valley; you’ll forget all about everything!”

Entrance to Jardin del Valle
So on Thursday—while my hard drive was being scrubbed—we enjoyed the beauty of Yunguilla— just a 75 km drive from Cuenca (about 40 minutes) .The sunny skies and subtropical weather were a welcome relief.  A smile lifted my cheeks and I whispered to my hubby, “Isn’t this paradise?”

Butterfly Shrimp -- Oh, YUM!
We dined at Jardin del Valle (a friend of ours owns this lovely hosteria) and he treated us like royalty. We sat at poolside, enjoyed jumbo butterfly shrimp and had volcano cake for dessert. Afterwards, we  played ping-pong and talked to the resident parrots: “Paco and Lucy.” Watch out what you say because they will repeat every word!
Paco and Lucy "Los papagallos" 
After we soaked in some sun, we made our way through some of the back roads of the valley where we visited some friends who are building an hosteria that is almost complete. I told Mark that I’m going to sign up to be the caretaker of their property.  He can teach at CEDEI during the week, while I lounge poolside with a good book.
I could get used to this!
When we arrived home that evening, I felt like a new person. It’s the “little things” in life that make a HUGE difference!

Until next time…hasta luego!

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1 comment:

Connie Pombo said...

Thanks for your comment. Yes, the place is called Jardin del Valle in the Yunguilla Valley near Giron, about 40 minutes from Cuenca.

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