The following is an excerpt from my first letter to my class. This is for those of you interested in our dogs.
Our family has two dogs. One of them lives on the roof. His name is Kaiser and he’s a Great Dane. He is a guard dog. Here he is on the roof.
Sometimes he sneaks downstairs because he is lonely.
Sometimes Efrain plays with Kaiser.
We also have a house dog. His name is Benji. He’s a Pekinese.
He knows how to do a trick. He can dance on his hind legs.
Every Sunday Benji has a bath on the patio. Because he lives inside the house, the family wants him to be clean and healthy, and free of fleas.
Benji is very patient during his bath and doesn’t try to get away. Here is my host mother washing Benji.
Elena is married to Nestor. He’s my host-father. They have 4 children. The daughters are Kenia and Grecia. They are named for the countries Kenya and Greece. The sons are Alan and Nestor, junior. In Spanish, that’s Nestor hijo.
Except for Alan and his family, everyone lives together in our house in Yanacoto. With me in the house, we are 8 people: Elena madre, Nestor padre, Kenia, Nestor hijo, Grecia, the boys Efrain and Arturo, and me: Elena hija.
Here I am, on the hillside above the town. Yanacoto’s chapel for its patron saint is in the background.
From Peru, we wish you a beautiful spring.