|#1 in the middle (gray shirt) with her friends.|
Neither sister considered the fact that #3's presence at the orphanage might be confusing to anyone else. It set the stage for a humorous exchange.
The ACHF work project group arrived in La Mision on Tuesday afternoon. They dropped by Buena Vida Orphanage (where #3 is staying) that evening, but the group didn't do a lot of mingling or introductions at that point. Samantha, who was leading the trip for ACHF, was also training two Trip-Hosts-to-be, Brennan and Emily. She was busy introducing them to the director, and then everyone returned to camp for a fireside chat and bedtime.
|#1 with her sister's summer "siblings".|
Brennan: Okay, I've been working really hard to memorize the names of all our volunteers. I cannot remember that girl, the one sitting next to [#1]. What is her name?
Samantha: I don't know! I don't recognize her either.
Brennan: Is she with our group? I don't even remember her being at our meet-up yesterday.
Samantha: It looks like she knows [#1].
Brennan: But I know for sure she didn't come in [#1's] vehicle.
Samantha: Yeah, I don't know which family she's with.
Brennan: This is so weird! I've never reverse lost someone before!
Samantha: Maybe she's just passing through and is visiting the orphanage?
Samantha to Jaquelin, one of the Mexican teens: Jaquelin, do you know that girl?
Samantha: Has she been here this whole time? [Meaning, has she been with our group these two days?]
Jaquelin: Yes. [Meaning, #3 has been here for two weeks.]
Samantha, trying to clarify: Has she been here at the orphanage all day? [Meaning, has #3 been here doing construction work?]
Jaquelin, taking the question literally: Yes. [Meaning, #3 has been here all day, and all day the previous 15 days, too.]
Brennan, understanding that Samantha and Jacquelin might not be understanding each other, now interrupts in English to Samantha: Maybe she is just a really white Mexican and she's one of the newer children here.
Brennan decided to test #3's language. He got her attention and asked: Come te llamas, por favor?
#3, without batting an eye, gave her name. She and #1 were now wondering what Samantha and Brennan were saying about them.
Brennan, in Spanish to Samantha: Whoa! She speaks Spanish! She must be one of the orphans.
Finally, it hits Samantha: I know who she is! Kent told me his daughter was living at the orphanage this summer so she could learn Spanish. This must be her!
|#3 got a ride to, and at, the beach with the rest of the volunteers and orphans.|
|#3 in the middle of a volleyball game, literally.|
|Serving an early meal at The Breakfast Club in Tijuana.|