Dec 26, 2013

Day One

Today is my 12th day back from Ghana, I am finally back on the Eastern time zone wake and sleep patterns.

I woke up this morning with lots of energy thinking … what I am going to do today ? I am excited at all the possibilities, I have so many projects to work on, some fun, some spring cleaning type of projects and I have 2 or 3 people who have work that I can help them with as part of my EMAGINE IT DONE and EMAGINE FILMS business I am starting in January.  One of my action items: get my business license in the next few days.  

I am excited at the possibilities and thrilled to have TIME TIME TIME.  

I've always had ideas and projects on the shelf, now they will all begin to unfold and present opportunities, possibilities, discovery and connections with people dear to my heart and connections with new people in my life.  

I have to make a list and prioritize, and then maybe I don't have to make a list and prioritize.  I have to keep reminding myself, one day at a time ! I am going to make a sign with this on post on the refrigerator. 

Over the past few days, I got a few emails and holiday greetings that went like this:

Hi Elena- Merry Christmas!

You have had an amazing year and it has been very interesting to read your posts every day and find out what is going on with you.  I hope you enjoy 2014 as much and can't wait to read all about your travels, family and volunteer work!  Thank you for sharing it with me. Enjoy...…

Your daily updates and my morning coffee usually begin my day. Thank you for your post, so happy to hear that Lilian is home.  

I am going to miss the daily updates from Ghana. I've come to know a group of children half way across the world and I want to know more. Looking forward to your next Ghana visit. 


I miss the children. They are on vacation until January 7th when they return to school for the second term. Yesterday I was able to greet Madam Ceci, Kwame, David and Stefan. About 1/2 hour later I got a call from a number in Ghana I did not recognize, after I said hello I heard the wonderful voice of Lilian. She had her MOM dial my number, we had a brief conversation, it was so good to talk to her. She told me she is feeling well, her breathing is strong and she is enjoying her coloring activity book.  

Lilian Ampomah at the board, October 28th, Ghana 

Yesterday I was also able to talk or text all my siblings and share photos from the various locations they're at:  Panama, Virginia and Alabama.  As much as I get frustrated by technology sometimes, it is great to be close all the time via our phones and iPads. My brothers Rogelio, Carlos and Tobias, and my sister, Ana: I love you all very much.  

Summer 2003 

One of the projects I have pending is cataloguing and digitizing photos that I want JoAnn and Roger IV to one day have - here is one of my favorites. This photo was taken by my Uncle Ruben Arosemena. It was my first excursion to visit the Embera Indians in Panama in 2006.   As part of the day trip to their village on the Chagres River in Panama, you hike up to a small waterfall and river that feeds into the larger Chagres.  Most everyone in the group opted a dip in the water fall pool; I opted to enjoy one of the sweetest sounds ever, rushing water. I found this perfect spot on this large boulder and had 30 or 40 minutes of pure joy.  The day was warm, humid; the momentary rest I had was delightful, the concert performed by the river magnificent, my front row spot perfect. 

Embera Indian Excursion Panama 2006