Tuesday, October 12, 2010

October 12, 2010

hammock for sale

every day that the cruise ship comes in
the island gets hyped up about the influx
of tourists landing for a day at our shores

from the top floor of the cruise ship they can see the beautiful colors of the coral,
they see the green hills with palm trees waving hello
as people get off the ship they see the garifuna dancers dancing on the dock
being that it is our rainy season  i hope they see some sunshine, and turquoise blue water

many islanders are hopeful to get someone to take a tour with them
so you see line ups of tour guides vying for your business,
as well as taxi drivers,
and independent tour guides,
you have girls who want to braid your hair,
you have little children who tag along giving you a walking tour
it can be noisy and overwhelming

the shops that are empty all week are now loaded with
t-shirts, souvenirs, hammocks, earrings, vanilla and coconut jewelry
everyone is hopeful

bob and i  go to the made in roatan shop on cruise ship days
and hopefully are able to sell paintings or carvings or jewelry
for our friends.
it isn't a business for us,
it is non profit
it is a gift that regularly blesses us to meet new people and to share
the wonderful joy of 'giving' and thinking about others
we hope we 'rub off' on someone else and they will start thinking about the poor amongst them

today was a good day at the shop
and yes
the hammock sold!

zavala, the man across the street was so happy that the hammock
it mattered to him since he only made one other sale all day

so i want to say thanks to this young girl for buying it

you made his day!
you did.

in fact many people tonight are celebrating, 
not in the way we think like eating out in a restaurant
or going shopping at the mall
but they are celebrating making it through another day
having enough to buy their family dinner that night
or to pay their electric bill
or buy shoes for their kids

either way,
i know they are smiling
thanks to those of you who come to the island
i hope you realize what a difference you make by coming
you made someone make it through another day

God bless you all.


  1. Debi, as the girl who bought the hammock, I would like to thank you for your knowledge of this beautiful country and for sharing your blog with me. Please pass along my thanks to zavala for the gorgeous hammock and I am very pleased to have made a difference in his life, if only for one day. When I get the hammock hung up I will take a picture to share with you.


  2. cassandra,
    thanks so much for letting me take your photo for my 365 pictoral blog. you are sweet!