Gloria has grown in self confidence and pride over the ten years I’ve known her, in no small measure because of her contact with my women friends who’ve been here, taken an interest in her, supported and encouraged her. I was surprised on Saturday to hear a little backsliding going on. Although Gloria came to the pool with Sally and me, she announced she wasn’t going in because she was the darkest person there and the rich Panamanians surrounding us were looking down at her as a poor person.
Yikes. Where did that come from? We used to hear that a lot, but not in recent years.
I immediately got up, translated for Sally, and announced to Gloria that we were taking her in the pool then and there.
It worked, as you can see. 🙂 Her spirits improved immediately.