Happy December! Woah it`s weird. I`m coming up on one year
being a missionary this week. I just can`t quite remember what it`s like to be
anything other than a missionary. hahaha. I sent two packages last week with my
nativities from the photos. I`ll be sending more nativities (or whatevers) by
request in the coming weeks, although I can`t promise that they`ll get there by
Christmas. But no worries, they`ll still be good by next Christmas. :)
Concepcion`s glasses are basically two magnifying glasses in
a plastic rim. I wanted a picture of her in them, because it`s absolutely
adorable, but I figured this is ALMOST adorable... hahahahahaha
There are lots of dead things in Honduras, so there are also
lots of vultures.
Sometimes in life, the dog is just sitting on the car.
Nobody really knows why.
Anyway, this week has been, well, fast. This weeks medical
endeavors included many things, as always, but more than anything, we enjoying
many wild animal experiences this week. To borrow a page from Zippy: a short
list of things that bit my missionaries this week: dogs (of course), a rat,
bugs bugs bugs, a giraffe. Let me just explain the giraffe, because it is one
of the more entertaining calls I received this week. The call went like this:
Missionary: Well... you see... something happened today
Bayles:Uhhhh huuuuuuuuh...? Digame
M: Well you see, I was at the zoo when a giraffe came up to
B: uhh huuuuuh
M: And it kind of started licking me
B: uhh huh?
M: And its tongue was really scratchy
M: And it`s tongue kind of scratched me on my arm.
B: Oh, that`s... weird.
M: Ya. I was just wondering, what should I do for that?
B: Hmmm. Good question. Have you cleaned it up at all?
M: uhhhhh no.
B: Ok, first thing, clean the area with soap and
M: So what you`re saying is I should take a shower.
B: No, just wash your arm really well.
M: well... it kind of licked my head too.
B: ... What?
B: And how exactly did that happen?
M: Well, it started licking all the way up my arm and
eventually reached my head, and then I think it liked my head better, so it
kept licking it.
M: And then I think it thought my hair was straw or
something, cause it started nibbling on my hair with its soft soft lips.
B: And you let it?
M: ...well, I got a really great picture!
Welcome to my daily life. hahahahahaha. I`ll send the
picture if he ever let`s me get my hands on it. It had better be a great
The other bite that was slightly more tragic was a dog bite.
Some poor sister got bit by a dog last week. When you get bit by a dog, you
have to keep an eye out for the dog for 7 days, because a dog without rabies
can`t live more than 7 days. If the dog is still alive after 7 days, you
probably don`t need the rabies vaccine. Anyway, she was on the 7th day of
observation and saw that the dog was alive and well. She was celebrating
oh-so-happily when another (more vicious) dog attacked her just down the
street. You`ve gotta love the mangy dogs of Honduras.
Today I was part of a nursing video conference that included
all of the missions in Central America. Technology really is amazing. They were
saying that one in three missionaries gets sick in CA within the first three
months (and that only includes REPORTED incidents haha). We`ve got a lot of
work to do here.
Anyway, on to responding to yàll.
It almost blows my mind that 2014 is almost here. It
also kind of freaks me out that I`m coming up on my 2nd Christmas as a
missionary. I must admit, Christmas in the mission is a very different
experience than in the home (just as Thanksgiving is VERY different here).
Thanks in advance for the package. As far as the deer, the white tailed
something-or-other deer is the national animal of Honduras. I`ll tell you what
though. I`ve seen snakes, lizards, turtles, vultures, eagles, wild cats,
spiders bigger than my head, all kinds of birds, a cavy, dolphins, crabs, and
all other manner of wildlife, but I have yet to see a deer. haha. Cold, what is
cold? haha Just kidding. We actually had a cold snap for this entire week. It
rained for 6 days straight without stopping and did a cold sooooo cold that I
couldn`t even sleep at night. haha. We were walking in the street shivering in
our summer clothes and sandals as we experienced humid-cold (something I can
now testify is real). I think I actually prefer melting to the sidewalk. haha.
I really liked all the quotes, and I liked your ringworm trivia. One does not
normally get ringworm from cats, but someone suggested that the cats here are
carriers (and you can tell because of their ugly bald patches). haha. What luck
I have. hahaha Thanks for the letter and thanks for all of your love and
support. Love you!
It was definitely weird being away for Thanksgiving. I
was thinking about Thanksgiving and everything it means to me, and it was weird
to spend it here, where no one understands the beauty of Thanksgiving. I was
trying to explain to my companion that it`s not about the food, but she didn`t
get it. She thinks Gringos are weird and crazy and too serious (although she
says I break the mold... except the weird and crazy bit). I bet it was awesome
seeing errbody for thanksgiving. I`ll be excited to be there for the next one.
Anyway, love you lots! Take care. Oh, btw, I definitely don`t remember my
pin... I tried every combination I could think of, but I don`t remember at all.
Either that or my card just doesn`t work here, but I`m pretty sure it`s the PIN
No worries about the Thanksgiving plump; I guarantee
it`s nothing compared to the Hondurans-love-me-a-little-too-much plump. Yeah.
Try running that one off. hahaha No worries about the ringworm, it`s almost
gone now. I`ll tell Hna Reyes Ooooiiii! for you, but I must say, she`s
definitely not accustomed to the nursing schedule. She absolutely despises it.
hahaha. I`d love to say she handles it with grace, but she just outright hates
it, poor thing. It definitely takes some patience and some adjusting. Thanks
for the scripture in Romans. I love that one. I almost sent my shoes home to
get bronzed when I was in Olanchito, but I just ended up throwing them away. I
almost regret that now. They were fabulously pathetic. As far as the Nativities
go, I have only heard back from LaDee. Tell the sibs I`ll only be able to buy
them for another week or two, so if they want one, they`ve gotta get on it!
haha. Thanks for everything! Love you tons!
Welp, I do believe that`s all for now. I`ll try sending some
pics. Love you all oodles!
p.s. I just learned: quick commands on keyboards don`t work
on Spanish keyboards. For example, when you select all and hit CTRL C to copy
the letter you just spent 45 minites to write your family, it deletes the
letter. Happily, the Spirit showed me the undo button and I stopped freaking
out. :) Ciao