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This is the mother and youngest daughter of the family that I ate with while staying at the Santa Anita cooperative in Guatemala (see previous notes from photos in Guatemala). The family was equally generous with what they had and curious about me and my life in the states. Amongst the families on the farm, they had a little more (including a television far nicer than my own) because their father lives and works in the U.S. (though who knows for how much longer given the immigration debate that is under way in the U.S.). Though, these small luxuries in no way mean that they are well off. When I first arrived at their table, they stared at me while I ate my large portion of beans and tortillas, but after much trying, they eventually warmed up to me, and shared many laughs with me.

As I've said before, the spirit of families like these amazes me, even as I sit comfortably back in my fast-paced life at home. They gave me more than they needed, went out of their way to provide my much beloved cheese for my meals, and in a short time made me feel welcome in a way that is rare to see here in the states. I hope to always remember that in the moments I get stressed or unnerved, and hopefully have the ability to adopt that mentality myself.

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