Jake’s Sunday Post challenge this week “Toys” , gave us the perfect opportunity to introduce you to our neighbor, Johana.
The children here in our small fishing village have fun playing without many or any commercial toys. However at festivals or carnivals they have the opportunity to experience some special activities. We watched children wait patiently in line to have a turn driving these pedal powered cars .
In the States, swing sets are a common site..here in San Clemente , children wait for festivals for a ride down a slide.
When we discovered that our neighbor’s ( Maria y Giovani ) daughter, Johana, was going to turn two in a few weeks, we were in a quandary on what toy we could get her for her birthday. Then one day, she arrived at our door ( for her special treat of a cookie and a lollipop) and excitedly showed us a picture she drew on a piece of torn scrap paper. Ahhh, a bundle of colored construction paper and a box of extra-large crayons could be the perfect gift for a child who liked to draw. The day arrived and Johana was so excited about her present that she wanted to try out the crayons immediately.
A few months have since gone by … Johana usually stops every day for a short visit, saying hello to the pictures of dogs, the balsa wood turtle on a shelf and the paintings of fish that decorate our walls. She seemed especially interested in my paints. Would a two-year old have the attention span and interest in painting with water colors? A play date was scheduled and I’ll let the photos tell the rest of the story.
Life is good ( and simple) in Ecuador !