Panama 2017: Saying Good-bye to Minga

Minga still has a houseful. Ita and her gang are there, and Jennifer and her kids have been there every time I’ve arrived — even though they sleep in their own house a short walk away. Naty is there, of course — she lives with Humberto and Margarita in a small room at the side of Minga’s house. Jorge and Lizmary and their baby were there.

Minga loves having family around, but it is truly tiring for her — she was sleeping at 5:30 pm when we arrived. I think her family is not quite as attuned as they might be to Minga’s need for quiet and order in her small home as she ages.

She has been very tired since we arrived — in part I’m sure due to her houseful of family. She was ordered a hemoglobin shot yesterday, which she got. She tells me she expects to awaken with more pep after a night’s sleep, si Dios quiere. That’s a common Panamanian expression meaning “God willing”.

Sally, Mary, Minga, Emily, Naty, Jorge con Shari.

Sally, Mary, Minga, Emily, Naty, Jorge con Shari.

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