-Ok, dad, I’ll be right there in a minute- I used to reply.
It was 4 o’clock in the morning of any day, no matter when: every morning it was the same. And I was out of school, by the way, enjoying my ‘vacation’ period…
The day started after a cup of coffee given to me by my mother in the kitchen; then, I followed dad down the trail, in order to check the fences, work on the crops and attend the cows. And, same thing every day, since I remember.
Kids in Costa Rica go to school from february to december, having short breaks during the lective time.
December to february is the harvest season for coffee, black beans, rice, and many other costarican produces. We got let out of classroms to help on the family’s economy, working in the farms. Perhaps, this sounds crue to some people, but, I can tell, that was the best heritage that I had from my parents. I realized that things have a value, because they made me to work for all of those toys, clothings, or whatever I wanted to have. And for sure, I enjoyed each and every little thing I’ve got, because it costed me lot of work!
Life in the country side of Costa Rica is simple and beautiful.
Every day is a new experience and we learn from everybody. I learn from the Doctor of the town, as well as I learn from don Julian, an 80 years old man, who barely writes and reads. It is about the same, because in the country, there are no differences among the people.
My love for nature comes from my childhood, since I had have learned about wildlife living inside the jungle, getting used to the animal sounds, their behaivor and their habits.
I am now 33 years old, but, every time I have children to work with, no matter where they come from, I love to teach such a kind of simple values, giving respect for all the people around and, of course, showing love and respect for the animals and plants, the waters, the enviroment.