I was really slammed, yesterday. Some may recall that I’ve gone back to work to save my sanity.
“But you’re retired!!”
Yeah…I damned sure am and that means I no longer HAVE to work. I have choices…options that I didn’t have when I was required to work to earn a living. These days, I work for the stimulation and I’m having a blast!!! Oh…where was I?
So….I was really slammed yesterday. The office was filled most of the day with folks just walking in off the street as well as a number of scheduled appointments. They needed help with everything from visa processing, selling property, buying property, starting a business, sorting out deed problems with their land…etc, etc. While Marcos Chiluisa (my associate and the lawyer in the firm) handled much of that, Sean and I were busy handling what we could with those who needed documents completed and just needed information on how to deal with property issues. My to-do list that I had created was totally trashed!
In any case, at about 2:30, I was starving. There had been no time to eat since an early breakfast. I stealthily disappeared and walked just around the corner to a tiny shuttered window that is open sometimes and sometimes not. The open window reveals a small kitchen where great food is prepared; simple and inexpensive. My favorite is a chicken sandwich made from chopped, roasted chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, a bit of onion and topped with a special sauce… all slid into a freshly-baked roll and tucked into a paper envelope. It’s a fast and good meal for $2.00. I only had a five-dollar bill and she had no change (not unusual around here) She asked me to come back later and she would have change. I left my $5 bill with her.
I never had time to return yesterday as things became even busier! I’ll stop in today or tomorrow and she will have my change or I’ll order another sandwich. She will remember me. And that’s how things go in Ecuador. Slowly and peacefully. While I felt a bit hectic, none of the Ecuadorian clients seemed in the least bit stressed. The lobby was often filled with people calmly waiting their turns, pleasantly chatting and not concerned at all with the process. I am still learning to slow down. It is not inherent in me. 🙂
At the end of the day, I needed to drive to Canoa to deliver some documents to a couple who had come down from Quito and were staying in a hotel, there. My day ended later than I expected. As I was sharing my day with the Pocket Babe, and learning about her day, she commented that I seemed energized. I am. And when this isn’t fun any longer…I’ll stop. Choices. Options. Retirement my way!