Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Fasting can cause a lot of really awkward situations. We fast every week.... which makes awkward moments on a weekly bases.
Last week, in such a moment, Hna Aviles and I arrived at the house of a new investigator (remember the breaking-into-the-car contact? Yeah, we finally got an appointment with her). Like every other day in Mexico, it was pretty hot and naturally our investigator offered us a glass of water (which is Spanish for soda) to cool off. We said no gracias, that we were just fine, but while she went off to take a quick shower, she sent in her cousin with two large glasses of Manzanita Sol.
Awkward. If you consider it bad manners in the US to not eat/drink what you're offered, it is REALLY bad manners here below the boarder.
What could we do? The cousin went back into the kitchen and left us alone in the living room with a puzzle to solve. We began searching for anything to dump the soda into. A hose plant being the ideal choice, but alas, there were none to be found. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a open window. Quickly, but silently I dashed to the window, and with a prayer in my heart, peeked outside for salvation. God heard my prayer and a potted plant was found sitting directly below the opened window. Slinking over to my companion I shared my discovery and we plotted our next move.
It was a flawless plan. I placed myself in the sofa to keep watch on the activity in the kitchen while Hna. Aviles moved over to the chair in front of the open window. As I played guard duty, Hna. Aviles, with Manzanita in hand, slyly slipped her arm through the window behind her to dump the soda in the plant. In and out again for my glass and within seconds the deed was done and we could breath freely again.
The investigator didn´t suspect a thing. But I would love to have seen the faces of the people outside who past by to find my companion´s arm hanging out the window with glass in hand.