A Game Besides Soccer

The CHTF Softball Team

When we arrived at Torre Fuerte on Saturday morning, Pastor Dario had the girls in a meeting, giving them a pep talk for their softball game that was to take place in just a half an hour. We didn’t know they played baseball in Peru at all, and had no idea that the girls had formed a softball team. They were ready to go, and excited to have us along, so we walked with them to the ball park, probably a mile away.

Mónica

We were thrilled to see the girls again, and each one made a point of greeting us individually. Of course, among the most excited to see us was Mónica, who is eagerly awaiting her quinceañero on the 5th. It was nice to finally make a connection with Vilma, a painfully shy young lady who finally talked with me on my fourth visit to Peru.
The softball game began with Pastor Dario’s wife, Indira, explaining that Dario was coaching the girls, but doesn’t know the first thing about baseball. The girls’ uniforms consist of matching yellow t-shirts. They don’t have any bats, balls, or mitts to practice with so they shared with the other team. The whole game was pretty much mayhem by American standards, with nobody really understanding the rules. Tatiana lost her shoes on the way to first base, which was good for a laugh for both teams.

Practice back at the Casa Hogar

It looked a little grim at first, as the other team got several runs ahead. Our girls rose to the challenge, and eventually won the game with a score of 18-9. The girls had one especially good inning, and racked up a lot of runs. They also managed to get the ball to first base for a few defensive plays. Ruthi pretty much finished the game with a surprisingly good throw to first as she was falling, clinching the last out.
Sometime during the game, it was decided that the Americans there must be the baseball experts, so I was recruited to help coach. Hahahahahaha. I guess I can help at this level. Maybe.

Time For a Party!

Mónica

While we wait for a renter for our house, we have reason to visit Peru once again. You might remember Mónica from this post. On February 5th, Mónica and Ursula will share in a joint quinceañero. This is a really big deal for these girls, and being there for this celebration is one of the things I signed on for when I said “yes” to being Mónica’s padrino last January. I’m posting excerpts from a description of the fiesta on this site.

The ‘Quinceañera’ … is, in some Spanish-speaking regions of the Americas, a young woman’s celebration of her fifteenth birthday, which is celebrated in a unique and different way from her other birthdays. In some countries, such as Puerto Rico or Peru, the word ‘Quinceañero’ is used instead of Quinceañera when referring to the celebration.

Mónica and Ursula

The origin of the tradition is disputed as there are many theories; the most common found is that the Quinceañera began as a blended tradition between the Spanish conquerors as they mixed with the native people in Mexico. They blended the coming of age traditions and ceremonies of the native people with their religion.

In Peru, the parties may vary depending on many factors, like socio-economic levels. Regardless of how much money is spent, every person dresses elegantly for the party and there may be extravagant decorations. Usually the quinceañera goes down a staircase while a song she had chosen is being played.

Scott, Mónica, and Leslie

Then, she goes to the dancing area, where she dances a waltz with her father, godfather and/or grandfather.

Then she may dance with her boyfriend, the chamberlain (”chambelán”), to a waltz or song of her choice. If she does not have a boyfriend, she may choose somebody special, or throw a bouquet, in which case the boy who catches it may dance with her.

After the quinceañera’s dances, everyone at the party may dance. Since modern music is used, there is a modern party atmosphere with formal dress.

Reynaldo

This should be a fun visit. They think they’re going to teach me to dance a waltz. I hope for Mónica’s sake that they can. While we’re in Arequipa, we’re hoping that Reynaldo, the maintenance man/bus driver, can find time to show us the house that he’s found for us, just a couple of miles from Torre Fuerte. If we get a chance to take a look at it, we’ll be sure to post some pictures here.

Pray for us, when you think of us, that both our actions and our words may be a blessing to all of those at Torre Fuerte.

¡¡¡2700!!!

According to an email I just received from WordPress, this blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2010! I’m hoping that doesn’t count the 2699 times I’ve uploaded the page as I’ve worked on it. To all of you who are stopping by to read – thank you for showing some interest!