1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
Fridays are interesting around these parts. They are typically the days that the local schools have their field trips so we were inundated with running, giggling kids ranging in ages from 6 – 16. Surprisingly enough the younger kids did a much better job at being turtle conservancy visitors usually abiding the rules which most especially includes no touching the turtles. Older kids would be told not to touch and then surreptitiously reaching another finger into the tank in hopes of copping a turtle feel. Both Sara and Fanny had to raise their voices on more than one occasion and by the end of our morning shift I think everyone was more exhausted from playing the role of chaperone than when we had cleaned tanks.
Fortunately, Friday afternoons we have off to get a head start on the weekend to explore the island or just simply relax. Lorna’s time with the project was coming to a close so we opted to eat a quick bite for lunch and then head over to the sand bar just up the beach to have a few beers and enjoy an hour or two catching up with our new friend. The fishermen who also operate the bar were very happy to see us and were quick to pour the drinks and bring us some appetizers. Sara and I taught Lorna and Joeri the intricacies of playing Hearts which they both caught on to quickly. Meanwhile the kids got to play in the surf and sand.
We headed back in around 3 and said our goodbyes to Lorna (and Fanny who was going with her for the weekend) and then made plans for dinner. The kids did some playing in the pool and then after a quick clean up we made our way to the neighboring town. Sara had found a restaurant that was well rated and right on the beach. The only problem as it turns out was that our Tuk Tuk drivers did not exactly know where it was located. We had agreed upon a price for the ride and they drove us into the next town. However, a quick check of Google Maps revealed that they had gone too far. A u-turn later and a quick stop for the driver to ask some directions and we were off again. We found the location and sat down for a nice and relaxing meal.
Nothing quite like enjoying some good food and conversation with a sea breeze gently caressing you. We definitely found the fruits of our labor this evening. After a long week of getting dirty, sweaty, and tired we enjoyed basking in the beauty of God’s Earth.